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Frustrated Ariens st824 snowblower owner

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I have an 824 blower and the extension spring broke. All I want to do is replace it but Nooooo.
I separated the auger. Now I still cant get to it the spring. I know it hooks to the blower frame by the right wheel.
I figured I would take the main engine pulley off. I got the big nut off. How does that pulley come off? Can anyone advise?
I cant find one single video or info on the internet. This is the pulley in pic. nevermind. Why can't i just upload a pic???
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If that is a 924 series ST824, you can easily remove the pulleys with the three bots that connect it to the hub on the auger shaft....if it is a newer series machine, I use a "pickle fork" aka ball joint fork....Harbor Freight carries them for $10. Sometimes you have to shim the fork with scrap steel to get it close enough to the pulley hub.
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Are talking about the engine pulley/Sheave or the Auger drive pulley?
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Use a Torch to heat it, and it should come off. They used Locktite on that big Nut, probably some got between the shaft and the pulley.
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The 3" spring that puts tension on the drive belt can be replaced by putting a small hook on the end of a 1/4" dowel to loop it onto the pulley shaft and grabbing the other end of the spring with pliers,to hook it onto the snowblower frame.I had to drill a 1/4" hole in the frame near the right tire to grab the spring with my needle nose pliars.
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After you remove the nut on the tractor’s drive pulley, flip the lock nut over and screw it back on a couple threads, put a pry bar or large screwdriver behind the pulley to hold it in place and tap on the center bolt with a rubber/nylon hammer with increasing force. It’s a friction fit and will pop off.

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Here are the four methods I have used in order of ease of pulley removal:


1) oxy acetylene torch
2) Slide hammer puller with penetrating oil
3) Regular gear puller with penetrating oil
4) Pickle fork


The torch is fast, if you have one. It also does the least amount of damage. The slide hammer doesn't require a balancing act like the gear puller. I have broken a pulley using a puller, it was just rust welded to the shaft and wouldn't budge.



I have replaced the spring without removing the pulley by using needle nose vice grips to hold the end and pulling while pushing the end in with a screwdriver. It's not easy, but it can be done.
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Here are the four methods I have used in order of ease of pulley removal:

1) oxy acetylene torch
2) Slide hammer puller with penetrating oil
3) Regular gear puller with penetrating oil
4) Pickle fork

And then there's 5), put it back together and sell it on craigslist !!

It's just a matter of time and patience. If you're looking out your window at a foot of snow patience isn't going to work and it's time for a torch. Propane is good, MAPP is better and they both use the same head. Oxy acetylene if you have it is best but it's not really a typical homeowner tool. What ever you use, heat it up some and then take the heat away as it's starting to cool down give it a few shots of a good penetrating fluid like PB Blaster, liquid wrench or the trans fluid acetone mix and the cooling action of the two metals will suck the fluid deeper into the joint.

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Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

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Joe, If you are still looking here for help I remember having a problem finding out where a spring attached on one of mine. I finally drilled a hole, put a stout wire on the spring and pulled the spring to make things work. Secured it somehow. I eventually got another machine and saw what I needed to do to make it proper.
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