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post #10 of Old 07-22-2008
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Originally Posted by beej67 View Post
Also, if the handle won't stay engaged, but your existing unit still works fine as long as the handle is held in place, then just tie a piece of shock cord around the drive and use that to hold the handle down. I know of quite a few people who've done that with their ST4000s, as did I for a couple years before I bought new belts as per above. Yeah, it's kinda ghetto, but what works, works.
I did a similar thing to solve this problem on my Autohelm 4000. The clutch lever wouldn't stay in the engaged position so I inserted a wide diameter rubber band between the clutch lever and the back of the drive unit. The little bit of friction that the rubber band introduced solved the problem. Agreed, it is a little ghetto, but it works so far.
Good luck.

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