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Removing a stuck main engine pulley shaft

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Hi,  im trying to remove the main engine pulley shaft as its broken but I cant get it off,  its been on for 25 odd years so seems stuck in place.  I have the engine out but just cant get it off :-( any tips?  I could cut it off but wanted to try and save it if possible to take to a fabricator to see if it could be welded back together. 

 

My other idea if i cant get it off was this that i drew while at work do you think this will work? 

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Or instead of that bolt going through the side,  a better idea maybe is to get a longer main shaft bolt and washer to hold it all together?

 

Forgot to mention the pipe i have to slot in is a nice tight fit

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  You could try turning the engine upside down and pouring diesel or hydraulic oil down the tube. You'll need to leave it like that for a week or two to allow the fluid to work it's way through.

 

 Heat is another option but you could damage the shaft seal.

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Would be handy to establish if the Engine output shaft/Pulley unit has a parallel shaft, or tapered, with a Keyway.

Certainly Mark's suggestion will add the advantage of some heat to create a difference between the 2 components, to improve separation.     

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of the dozen or so Briggs verticals I have worked on they are all 1" straight shaft with an inch long key (not half moon)

 

The flywheel end on the other hand is always a 1" tapered with short very soft key that is designed to shear when things go wrong (don't ask how I know)

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It is a parallel shaft with a straight key. Get two pieces of "tin" and cut a U shaped slot in both and slide them in between the sump and the pulley from opposite sides to protect the sump. In these circumstances the seal is expendable!

Find a friendly mechanic with oxy-acetylene and get the pulley and its sleeve cherry red, leave it to cool and then give it the diesel soak treatment.  It will then probably lever off with a couple of tyre levers or pry bars. Protect the sump further with some scrap steel under the heels or fulcrums of the bars.

Or use folding / fox wedges as suggested by Headexam. Perhaps someone knows why they are called Fox wedges?

Edited by Wristpin

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