Ask the Mechanic

Safety Tip of the Month - January 2022

(Steve Thompson)

I know it's easy to throw a chain on the running board of a tractor, but that can pose a problem if it gets between the clutch pedal and the transmission housing. The other day, I fed the cows a roll of hay, and when I got ready to stop the tractor beside the barn, the pedal got hard, and the tractor did not completely stop. I slammed on the brakes and killed the tractor. The chain I was carrying got jammed between the pedal and the transmission housing, not allowing the clutch to release. I guess there is no end to safety hazards around the farm.


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