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73 C60 PTO issue
#1423929 Tue Sep 14 2021 04:46 AM
Joined: Sep 2021
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Not sure if this is where I should be posting this, but here I go. I recently obtained a 73 C60 grain truck with a Chelsea PTO to drive the hoist. I was having starting issues for a couple weeks while I struggled to find time to work on it. After replacing the battery, alternator, and starter I got it starting every time. So then I felt like trying out the hoist so I engaged the PTO, the box lifted great and lowered just the same, but apparently the PTO did not disengage fully when I went to disengage it. I didn't even realize that for a few days until this afternoon when I was changing the oil and started it up to get the oil warmed up a little. I don't know much about the PTO since this is my first. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

Re: 73 C60 PTO issue
OldSkoolRedneck #1424083 Wed Sep 15 2021 04:50 AM
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Hy OldSkoolRedneck, what if any kind of driving did you do with the p.t.o. partially engaged? Does the box still go up and down? Do you hear any unusual noises from the p.t.o. area with the engine running? You may not have damaged the p.t.o. beyond future use. Drain the transmission into a container and inspect for metal. Please report back what you find.

Re: 73 C60 PTO issue
OldSkoolRedneck #1424128 Wed Sep 15 2021 04:53 PM
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Is the PTO engaged by a cable, or a lever and mechanical linkage? PTO cables have a habit of getting stiff and rusty, and failing to move the shift lever through its full range of travel. Always keep a cable clean and well-lubricated. I very much prefer to use a shift lever to operate a PTO instead of a cable. The ones I have used frequently on dump trucks, heavy haul wreckers, and other similar equipment have a hinged lock plate to assure that the lever stays in the proper position, either engaged or disengaged. Umnless a PTO is specifically designed to run with the vehicle in motion, it can cause severe transmission damage if it's left partially or fully engaged.

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Re: 73 C60 PTO issue
OldSkoolRedneck #1425304 Mon Sep 27 2021 06:13 PM
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Sorry guys, I got busy and distracted. Forgot to get back on here. I have since figured out my problem. All it was was a bad cable, I replaced it and the PTO will now disengage fully like it should. But to answer your questions, I drove it about 100 miles from where I bought it back to my place. No unusual noises. Obviously, it engages with a cable. Everything works fine, the box lifts flawlessly. The truck has other issues, but I suppose those problems are for another thread. Thanks for the responses.

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