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Hey I got a used Aries st1032. When I release the clutch into the open position it doesn't always disengage the friction disc. My question is. Is there a throw out spring on these plates (ie the plate releases based on a single spring against it on the shaft it sits on)? Or is there an external spring for the engage/release mechanism and this mechanism just needs a good cleaning so everything slides smoothly?

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If you remove the bottom cover you will find a spring that goes from the metal plate to the front of the tractor housing to release it. You will most likely find that the shaft is all gummed up where it slides in an out. I had a couple that needed cleaned with some PB-Blaster.

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Hey I got a used Aries st1032. When I release the clutch into the open position it doesn't always disengage the friction disc. My question is. Is there a throw out spring on these plates (ie the plate releases based on a single spring against it on the shaft it sits on)? Or is there an external spring for the engage/release mechanism and this mechanism just needs a good cleaning so everything slides smoothly?
Sounds like you need a good lubrication but be careful not to apply any on the disk plate and friction disk.

Here's a service manual for your model :http://apache.ariens.com/manuals/RM-924-1983.pdf

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I too, have two ST1032s and a ST1024, and all of them seem to have iffy traction engagement. They either will move forward on their own or not fully engage, depending on the adjustment made. Sometimes it will happen either way on the same unit, without changing anything! I have followed the adjustment procedure. (Great link to the manual, by the way! A lot better than my manual!) So I guess I, too, am needing to lube something. I have not gotten that far deep into these machines. Can you just lube with a spray or is there going to be some major dis-assembly involved?

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Spray the shaft behind the drive plate with PB, Then work the drive plate back and forth with a large screwdriver or equivalent until it loosens up. Common Problem easily solved.
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I too, have two ST1032s and a ST1024, and all of them seem to have iffy traction engagement. They either will move forward on their own or not fully engage, depending on the adjustment made. Sometimes it will happen either way on the same unit, without changing anything! I have followed the adjustment procedure. (Great link to the manual, by the way! A lot better than my manual!) So I guess I, too, am needing to lube something. I have not gotten that far deep into these machines. Can you just lube with a spray or is there going to be some major dis-assembly involved?

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I used spray on my 2 and it worked fine, but I imagine taking everything apart would be better.

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Spray the shaft behind the drive plate with PB, Then work the drive plate back and forth with a large screwdriver or equivalent until it loosens up. Common Problem easily solved.
Thanks, Jack. And thanks a lot for sending me out that friction spring in a hurry. You are a man of your word!
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Once you get it free it would be best to take it all apart and clean it up. Once the friction disc is free and the shaft is cleaned up I'd put a really thin layer of grease on it. Some use oil but I like grease as it holds up longer.

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Thanks for all the advice. I'll pull it apart this weekend and clean it. It engages but doesn't always disengage so it probably just needs a good cleaning
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