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'03 8524 Classic Drive Adjustment

This machine averages 8-10 hours use/year.


I just had to turn the drive wheel adjustment nut in 1 turn for the first time in the 16 years I've owned the machine. Typically how many times can it be adjusted before it needs to be replaced?



Can you adjust it so much that the rubber is gone and it damages the friction plate? Like to get through this winter without having to take it apart.



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Pull the bottom pan and check the friction wheel, once it gets to about eighth of an inch of rubber left you should replace it.

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You'll know when you wear it out Ö..

As mentioned, pulling the pan is part of an annual inspection/maintenance schedule.
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OK, guess I've been lax, will do.



Is it possible to turn the adjustment nut enough to damage friction disc?



Thank you for the help.
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OK, guess I've been lax, will do.



Is it possible to turn the adjustment nut enough to damage friction disc?



Thank you for the help.
Yes... that's why you check the friction wheel rubber thickness.
Also I adjust my drive tension so that when lever is 1/2 way pushed down the drive is engaging the friction wheel to the plate. Never had any drive issues with This tension adjustment.

Ariens 24" 910962 7HP
Ariens 24" 924117 Modified Pro 342cc / 15.50 GT.. Currently Under Construction and testing trials commenced .......
Ariens 32" 924044 Modified Pro 342cc / 16.50 GT
Ariens / Troy Bilt 36" Frankenblower 16HP
~~ And Lastly ~~
Ariens 28" 924??? Double auger & impeller 14HP v-twin BEAST !!!
Plans are being drafted, parts are accumulating in the pile......
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OK, thank you.

Just checked it, I have about 1/4" left and it engages with the lever about 1/2 way down. Better to be lucky than good...


BTW, is there a better replacement than the Ariens OEM drive wheel?

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I also have an Ariens 8524 bought new in 2003, model # 924118. I changed the friction disk a few months ago. It was very easy following this youtube vid. My machine is setup exactly like the one in the video. I used an oem disk. Today it worked fine throwing 4" of somewhat heavy snow.

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