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friction wheel disc replacement

I need to replace the friction wheel disc assembly (original part 656-04025A, replacement part 656-04055) on a 2009 Craftsman 26" snow thrower (model 247.88691). This is the aluminum wheel that sits behind the auger pulley and whose axis is oriented perpendicular to the wheel axle. The owner's manual says special tools are needed. Anyone have experience doing this repair?

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-06-2015, 09:24 AM
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Why don't you post some pic's. so we can have a looksee in there. what are the special tools needed????? other wise some of the craftsman guys will be a long here sooner or later. but any hoo. ALOHA from the paradise city.

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Why don't you post some pic's. so we can have a looksee in there. what are the special tools needed????? other wise some of the craftsman guys will be a long here sooner or later. but any hoo. ALOHA from the paradise city.
This is what the ugly mess looks like.
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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH it is ugly. but I have seen worse. shoot some pics of the outside so I can see where things might come apart.

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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH it is ugly. but I have seen worse. shoot some pics of the outside so I can see where things might come apart.
The outside. The access panel underneath is secured with four sheet metal screws.
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You are going to have to split the 2 halves and have a look at the other side. My guess is either there is a nut holding it on to a shaft or the plate itself is threaded. It is probably a nut and then a keyed or splined shaft. The nut might be reverse threads and an impact wrench is probably easiest for removal.

Such a shame for a machine that is a newer and in good shape otherwise. Terrible how easy those MTD things break.

The plate didn't look super terrible. Any chance of saving it by buffing it out or sanding it down a little?

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Thanks folks. It's my machine in my garage. And it's July in southeast Pennsylvania. So time is on my side. I'll take the advice given and look to free the plate from the front side. I'll post updates as the job progresses.
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It looks like someone worked one or two storms with the rubber blown off of the drive disc. You can see it in the second picture. That aluminum disc may not be salvageable as the grooves look kinda deep. Spring for both discs, and check the bearings on the ends of both shafts. That machine is new enough so that you can find diagrams etc, and also dial up "donnyboy 73 " on Facebook, there is a lot of good info on his videos. Google the part #s, and several sites will come up. Good Luck
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Good advice above. That chewed up disc is only going to make the rubber wear faster. Do it right and replace both parts.
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Making good progress. Separated the two ends and removed the friction disk and drive plate. The only special tool was a retaining ring pliers that I picked up from Home Depot ($$$). Should have looked on Ebay.

Before disassembly I figured I'd order separate components; rubber and two halves of the friction disk. But I trashed that idea when I saw that one half of the friction disk was pressed on to the bearing's outer race. So I ordered the friction disk <http://bit.ly/1M77cnH> and the drive plate <http://bit.ly/1Dd5VTN>. Parts should be in next week.
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