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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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Clutch System Cleaning

I read somewhere that you clean the pulleys with with hot soapy water with a steel wool, do I need to clean the belt also? I know on on auto v belts you could put toothpaste on the belt, would that work on the this belt also?

as far as belt replacement(if needed), I know the Dayco's I should stay away from, what about EPI or Goodyear? What is the part numbers associated with them?
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

Hot soapy water or a degreaser like Slapshot and clean it up. Then scuff it just a little bit, like hardly at all with scotch brite, not sure about steel wool.

Definatly wash your new belts in hot soapy water. There is lots of oils and release agents on the belt from being made.
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

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Definatly wash your new belts in hot soapy water. There is lots of oils and release agents on the belt from being made.

this is the info noone speaks of. i have learnned this from a sled guy and its true. makes the belt not slip as much.
just one of those little tricks.
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

do not use tooth paste or anything but soap and water on a belt....
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

Also, never use a cleaner other than soapy water on the clutches.
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

Thanks Guys
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

One of the best ways to clean the clutches is first remove them from the machine. Use air to blow out the belt dust. [I would do this outside] Make sure blow out any belt dust from under the heel of the weight, as build up can cause the clutch to engage at idle. Next scuff the clutch sheaves with a green scotch brite pad and do not forget to do the towers where the buttons ride up and down. Then you will want to spin the shoulder bolt that holds the weight in. If there is any resistance when trying to spin it, you should remove the shoulder bolt and drag your fingernail along it making sure there is no wear if there is they should be replaced, if not clean with scotch brite pad. I use nothing but alcohol to clean the clutch sheaves, towers and all other clutch components. Pour the alcohol on a clean rag wipe and repeat these steps until rag is not black with belt dust. Brake and contact cleaners leave a residue that can cause premature belt, bushing, and roller failure. Water if not used very carefully can cause some premature damage. Like others have said it is best to wash the belt with dish soap removing the silicone release agent from the belt then using a clean scotch brite pad drag it along the belt lightly on both sides then install. [make sure belt is totally dry before installing] After belt is installed put machine in neutral and start machine then let the machine run for 5 minutes then go out and drive it at steady slow speed to build heat in to the belt this will heat cycle the belt and prolong the belts life. Then go mash the gas and hang on!
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

how often should this be done?
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Re: Clutch System Cleaning

If the clutch sheaves are not nice and shinny and if you can see black belt dust on the primary clutch this would be a good time to clean them. I would always clean before installing a new belt. Keep in mind there is a huge performance difference having clean clutches. The primary clutch is the one that will need most of the attention.
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