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Dang! Snowblower Wasn't in 2WD for Years

Bought the Craftsman in 2002 and the owner's manual claimed it comes in default mode in 2WD but you may use single drive for light snow conditions and better maneuverability. The manual gives the same pic for both conditions and is worthless. 2WD is what I wanted , so I thought I'm good to go. WRONG.

During our BIG snow storm, blower had problems and notice right wheel turning and left doing nothing.

Found the machine to be in single wheel drive. Had to remove a clip, with some effort and position the wheel and "klick" pin in the 2 wheel position.

When I try the machine in 2WD it's was a lot better, no slippage.
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Found the machine to be in single wheel drive. Had to remove a clip, with some effort and position the wheel and "klick" pin in the 2 wheel position.
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Maintenance is the key to solving the problem of parts being difficult to repair. Remove wheels, clean the axle shafts and apply some light lithium grease. If you have your owner's manual go through it and perform the advised manitenance. Take care of your machine and it will take care of you..

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Years and you just noticed.

If you look at the pictures again and at least for mine read THE BIG LETTERS it states where the Klick pin should go.
Look carefully at the pictures again, you will see for one wheel drive the klick pin is through the AXLE HOLE ONLY.
And the picture for two wheel drive the Klick pin is ON THE WHEEL through the hole.That locks it in two wheel drive.

At least in my manual it clearly shows it.
Who ever put it together, did it wrong.

I leave mine in the two wheel locked position all the time.
As mentioned it is a good ideal to take them off and service them once and a while so the wheels don't get welded to the axle with rust.
Though till I joined here I never had mine off and they came off easy when I was told that. As far as I can figure mine is from around 2000. I am still trying to date it.
It will be in my service schedule from now on.
Auger and the shear pins should be checked once and a while too.

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I 2'nd above..

You better pull wheels as mentioned by above and grease the axle shaft, or in year or two you might cuss a few words trying to beat the rims off. Maybe you did grease them- but if not best to do so. same as the augers. At the least pull shear bolts and spin few times after greasing if they have zerts.
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So did the wife say it works a lot better now???
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Replying to some of the comments.

My machine Craftsman Mdl#536.887750 , mfg in 01 bought in 02

In the owner's manual, the wheel lockout pin illustration is poor and they both look the same. As mentioned they wrongly claimed it's shipped from factory in 2wd locked position. It was in single.

The owner's manual gives no required maintenance for the axle shaft. I grease the auger yearly, and oil the chain as manual requires. I silicone all the chutes and auger yearly.

Getting the wheel off to get into 2WD was easy after taking a clip off and there was lube on the shaft.

I use my 5HP single stage 90% of time and use the big machine to clear apron in driveway by street and big snow events.

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well my craftsman had the wheel in 2wd but the skids and scraper bar were never adjusted along with the cable for the traction drive althow sears said it was all set and ready to blow snow

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QUOTE=Big Ed;322265]Years and you just noticed.

Yes , and I gave the reasons why. Not ashamed to post, to give others a heads up.

Post the same on another forum one gent claims he finds this to be a common problem , esp. with MTD machines.

Another claimed it took him 10 years to find that his commercial grade Simplicity had a selector lever to unlock the differential from 2wd to single which helped his back upon finding it.

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I am sorry, I have a 5 hp 22" Craftsman around the same year as yours.
(I am still trying to place a date on it)

I looked at my manual here, 536886141 CRAFTSMAN 5HP SNOW THROWER Manual | SearsPartsDirect

I looked at yours today and it is not obvious at all, you were right!
Take a look at my manual, page 10 and 11. It shows it a lot better then yours.
Has big letters too explaining where the klick (yes Coby7 that is how they spell it) pin is supposed to go.

My apologizes again to you.

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I am sorry, I have a 5 hp 22" Craftsman around the same year as yours.
(I am still trying to place a date on it)

I looked at my manual here, 536886141 CRAFTSMAN 5HP SNOW THROWER Manual | SearsPartsDirect

I looked at yours today and it is not obvious at all, you were right!
Take a look at my manual, page 10 and 11. It shows it a lot better then yours.
Has big letters too explaining where the klick (yes Coby7 that is how they spell it) pin is supposed to go.

My apologizes again to you.
Thanks for your apology but it was not needed. I know that you meant no disrespect in your original comment and I took no offense.

I do appreciate the referral to the owners manual site and yes, your manual shows it clearly.

I bookmarked that page.

Thanks for your reply.

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