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Author Topic: JD 440 c clutch issue  (Read 1273 times)

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Offline jon440c

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JD 440 c clutch issue
« on: January 02, 2011, 05:44:54 pm »
My JD 440c skidder is loosing power, it cannot get out of its own way.  I can only move in low gear, tires will not spin if I'm up against a rock.  Does not move when I push too hard on the accelerator, if I throttle back it starts moving.  When it stops, I move the wheel back and forth and suddenly it starts moving again. 

Please tell me it's my clutch, I heard if it's a transmission I'm screwed.  Also, can the clutch be worked on without pulling the engine?

Offline Mark K

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Re: JD 440 c clutch issue
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 06:11:04 pm »
Is it a powershift or a standard transmission? Do you have any freeplay in the clutch? Could be anything from a rear main leaking on the clutch to a clutch or powershift. If it's just the clutch it's not to expensive. I have a 540D in the shop that the powershift is slipping bad. We're thinking about parting it once we found out the cost of a rebuild. 
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Offline lumberjack48

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Re: JD 440 c clutch issue
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011, 06:47:25 pm »
Clutch inexpensive repair , Power-shift 5 to $8000.00 to rebuild, my Funk cost me 7200. to rebuild, a new one was $14000.00, this was 25 yrs ago.

I sure hope this isn't your case, best of luck
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Re: JD 440 c clutch issue
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 07:08:50 pm »
you must pull the motor. isnt really as scarey as it sounds. clutch pressure plate throu out bearing check pliot bearing. may need flywheel resurfaced. also a good time to change rear main seal if a lot of hrs. on motor.

Offline Bobus2003

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Re: JD 440 c clutch issue
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2011, 07:15:43 pm »
I dunno how much they have changed, but i can pull my engine in my late 60's 440 and have it sitting on the ground in just a few hours.. really pretty easy too do