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1990 JD 318 with Front PTO / Clutch Grinding??

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On my 2nd 318...... but now troubleshooting a grinding metallic issue with the clutch 'plate' and ???? Dad and I just took it all off due to a very loud - bearing with sand in it grinding sound coming from the front PTO/CL area.......

Was a Rock found inside, but even still, with the belt on and Gapped correctly, I still have the grinding sound. constant screeching. Its steady, not like a warped sound

The bearing was fine, the mag plate held a bolt/socket easily when engaged.........??? Dad's like it seems the plate that covers stuff needs to be further away vs being pulled closer. The surfaces seemed flat

When its gapped further out and doesn't engage right,, it is quiet and sounds great. Like my former 1987 318

Compression was 126 / 122 roughly, so I can only hope this is a good unit that replaced my LX 178, sadly i sold my 1987 318 due to dealer advice.

When the tractor is off and we take the belt off and turn PTO by hand, you can hear it grind/scratch against the Rotor.....Dad felt it should turn freely without issue, but can't when gapped to .018

ANYONE in Minnesota ????????

What are we missing ?? this doesn't sound like my 1987 and just can't be good for the back of the rotor , or normal to us...

spent plenty on this one with 800+ hours, and a ..... for a paint resto..... but ...... hummmmm

Dad loves his x739 and wanted me to go newer, but I like Old School.....and wanted my former 318. Just hope I didn't get hosed.
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When gapped at .018 you can turn it but not easily.

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