How to Remove the Clutch From a John Deere 14SB

The John Deere 14SB walk behind mower was manufactured until 1995. It featured a Kawasaki engine, 21-inch mower deck and a five-speed transmission. The clutch on the 14SB turns the blade on by pushing a lever on the handle bar that engages the brake on the clutch and turning the mower blade. Taking off the clutch should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Step 1

Set the John Deere walk-behind on a flat surface. Remove the two bolts that hold the mower blade to the clutch with the 13-mm wrench; slide off the blade. Remove the four bolts under the mower deck that hold the engine to the frame with the socket.

Step 2

Pull the engine up until the clutch clears the frame; tilt the engine so the clutch is exposed and easy to work on. Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug at the front of the engine; remove the spark plug with the spark plug wrench. Feed the small diameter nylon rope into the cylinder to keep the crankshaft from rotating.

Step 3

Remove the two socket head cap screws on the bottom of the engine with the socket; slide off the screws, lock washer and flat washer. Remove the four studs and spring that mount the clutch to the engine block with the crescent wrench.

Step 4

Slide off the clutch assembly. If the clutch is stuck onto the crankshaft, use a 5/8-inch bolt and flat washer and screw into the middle of the clutch until the clutch breaks free.