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post #1 of 29 Old 11-03-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Crary bearcat problemo

Hi Folks, New to the site and glad I found you guys. I have a 1980ish crary bearcat 824 snowblower with a techumseh. Purrs like a kitten and will throw the snow a longs ways. The problem is it will no longer drive like it is supposed to and I am clueless. It used to drive real well and pretty fast in 5th gear but no longer. When in gear and the wheels off the ground they will turn but not real fast and I can stop them from moving with my hand. On the ground I get nothing. Need some advice before the snow flies. Also, i'm not as smart as I look so terminology will not be my strong suit right away. Talk to me like you would a 2nd grader. Thanks in advance.
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Needs the friction disc adjusted, cleaned and / or replaced.
If yours is really 30 years old, my money is on replaced.

In simple terms, your snowblower transmission has a rubber tire inside of it and they wear out eventually.

Check this link for video directions on various different blowers.

donyboy73 - YouTube

While you have it apart, check for loose bearings and bushings as well. Most likely the axle bushings behind the wheels are wore out as well. Loose bearings can cause play on the internal parts and make them too loose.

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Thanks Shryp but no luck on Donyboy73. Been watching him all day and haven't found what i'm looking for. No friction disk to be found.This is what I've got underneath. Haven't found a Donyboy73 video that covers this yet but I may have missed it.
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Looks like you might have a real transmission there. No friction disc to slip. Is the belt or pulley slipping? Could be an adjustment somewhere.
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With the wheels off the ground and in gear, the wheels turn real slow before even squeezing the lever and then move faster with the lever squeezed. But still no torque to make it move. Since the belts looked like a problem ready to happen and thinking perhaps they were my problem I replaced them. Don't really know what to adjust here though so suggestions on that are needed. A picture may help guide me to a possible adjustment.
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The small pulley directly above the big chain sprocket is your idler pulley. Move your drive lever and you will see how that pulley moves to tighten the belt. I can't see the back of the pulley where it attaches to the bracket but most adjust by loosening the center bolt of the idler pulley and the it will slide back and forth in a slot. Slide it a little closer to the belt and retighten.

Do that for both belts. With the wheels in the air a little motion is ok as long as when it is on the ground it doesn't move. And for the auger slow movement is ok but you should be able to stop it with almost no effort.
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Hey td5771, thanks for your response. I have seen this suggested before on a variety of posts and on donyboy73s videos so I had looked for these slots before. Just went out to the garage to double check incase I had over looked these. Nope, no slots. There are nuts to remove both the idler pulley and the auger pulley but no slot on either for adjusting. If there is something I'm missing here please point it out. What else do we have? I'm getting the impression my machine is out of the ordinary.
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It is out of the ordinary and one of the good ones.

Follow the idler pulley bracket....then spring....then the steel rod it is connected to...and so on all the way back to the lever on the handles to engage the drive

Some where along there, there will be a adjustment of some kinds. A nut on a steel rod to loosen and lengthen. Or shorten the rod.
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Some other pics of the controls may help.
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roger that. heading to the garage with the camera and be back shortly
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