The axle connects behind the clutch but the side cover is one solid piece which doesn't come off unless the axle is removed. The drive belt snapped a few months back (difficult to check and maintain it) and when this happened one of the clutch arms broke. I eventually managed to find the only mechanic in town who would work on it. He took apart the back end and found what was damaged. I then had to order parts from Aliexpress/Ebay and he replaced the belt and clutch. All ran fine for a few months. Then it got an occasional problem getting drive to engage properly at low revs when starting off (but no problem engaging reverse). This issue seemed to resolve itself until a few days ago and now I have a problem with the wheels being driven when they shouldn't be and causing it to stall when I shift from neutral to D or R. I towed it back to the same mechanic a couple of days ago but found the shop shut down and nothing there but an elderly Khmer lady with a sewing machine and no teeth. She told me she used to teach French in a school until the Khmer Rouge took over and abolished all schools and also that the mechanic had got sick and gone to Vietnam for treatment indefinitely. As above, when towing it in drive the engine would not "bump" start when it got up to speed so the clutch didn't seem to be engaged (or the belt was slipping). Once rolling though it would start using the starter motor then drive normally so the clutch was engaged and the belt not slipping. It would then stall if I slowed down below a few km/h.