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Bought one of these a few weeks ago, ran it around the yard a few times on seperate occasions.

It made a grinding noise then a clicking noise and I shut it down and opened up the right crankcase cover. The arm that stops the shift drum bolts to a lug on the case, the lug has broken off.

What are my options? Is the case aluminum? Can it be welded? Can I replace just the right side case or do I need to get both sides as a set? I do have a clymer manual and plan to do it myself. Would I be better off having a shop do it? What special considerations should I keep in mind?

Any secrets to getting phillips head screws out without stripping them?
 

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Bought one of these a few weeks ago, ran it around the yard a few times on seperate occasions.

It made a grinding noise then a clicking noise and I shut it down and opened up the right crankcase cover. The arm that stops the shift drum bolts to a lug on the case, the lug has broken off.

What are my options? Is the case aluminum? Can it be welded? Can I replace just the right side case or do I need to get both sides as a set? I do have a clymer manual and plan to do it myself. Would I be better off having a shop do it? What special considerations should I keep in mind?

Any secrets to getting phillips head screws out without stripping them?
as for getting phillips screws out..you can purchase a tool called a impact screw driver..it comes with a phillips and standard bit..all you do is smack it with a hammer as your turning it..it comes in very handy when you got stuburn screws or bolts that have not been broke loose for a long time...most are 3/8 driver...so..you can also use rachet sockets as well..as for welding aluminum..jb weld it..but..i've never got that stuff to work..soo..your better of either replacing the piece...or having someone that can do aluminum welding. more than likely..all the noise you heard was the shifting arm grinding on the clutch basket..repair that..then before you put the case back on..turn the motor over by hand...see if it's hard to turn ??.if it is..then you got top end trouble with your valves and piston..check your oil..make sure you got plenty in it...get back to us on how it goes...hope this info helps you.
 

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Bought one of these a few weeks ago, ran it around the yard a few times on seperate occasions.

It made a grinding noise then a clicking noise and I shut it down and opened up the right crankcase cover. The arm that stops the shift drum bolts to a lug on the case, the lug has broken off.

What are my options? Is the case aluminum? Can it be welded? Can I replace just the right side case or do I need to get both sides as a set? I do have a clymer manual and plan to do it myself. Would I be better off having a shop do it? What special considerations should I keep in mind?

Any secrets to getting phillips head screws out without stripping them?
as for getting phillips screws out..you can purchase a tool called a impact screw driver..it comes with a phillips and standard bit..all you do is smack it with a hammer as your turning it..it comes in very handy when you got stuburn screws or bolts that have not been broke loose for a long time...most are 3/8 driver...so..you can also use rachet sockets as well..as for welding aluminum..jb weld it..but..i've never got that stuff to work..soo..your better of either replacing the piece...or having someone that can do aluminum welding. more than likely..all the noise you heard was the shifting arm grinding on the clutch basket..repair that..then before you put the case back on..turn the motor over by hand...see if it's hard to turn ??.if it is..then you got top end trouble with your valves and piston..check your oil..make sure you got plenty in it...get back to us on how it goes...hope this info helps you.
You've never got JB Weld to work?? You must be doing something wrong. I've fixed a lot of things with JB weld including big holes in crankcases and I've even fixed the plastic tanks on automobile radiators when they crack and it always holds.

But on the part that he's talking about on the inside of the case, that's broken off, I doubt that it will work too good there. I would say that the best option would be to replace the case. Aluminum can be welded, but it takes a really good welder to do it or it won't hold. If you can find someone that does a lot of welding on aluminum or someone that welds aluminum for a living, then it would probably hold.

As far as getting stripped screws out, I agree with Shadetree. Get yourself one of those screwdriver impact drivers that he is talking about. They don't cost much and they work real well.
 
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