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post #21 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Today I used my Dads' 828 a little bit to see how it matched up to my 524. His is maybe from the late 90's? It goes way too fast in first gear. I like the way the auger stays engaged as long as you hold the traction lever down. It throws the the snow an amazing distance! But I like my little one better, it's made mostly of steel and just seems a lot more rugged.
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Couple things I noticed today while cleaning snow/ ice out. Plastic? bushing on the end of auger cracked. Tiny amount of oil seeping out of head.
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Couple things I noticed today while cleaning snow/ ice out. Plastic? bushing on the end of auger cracked. Tiny amount of oil seeping out of head.
I'd be surprised if you had good compression. You can try re-torquing those head bolts to get by for now but you should consider getting a new head gasket, clean-off the carbon and check the valve clearance.


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Seriously??? They used plastic bushings in the bucket!?
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That's not all that uncommon. Also in the wheel axle bushings too.

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GAH! Even back in the 70s!?
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Yup, even back then. In my opinion it's worse on the older machines because they are heavier. My ancient 3 stage Craftsman 1032 is a tank and it had plastic wheel axle bushings. I know that because I ordered greaseable ball bearings to replace them. The bushings are very hard to find if at all.
I think the auger has plastic too but I'm not sure.

I hate plastic, seems cheap but then again I'm working on a 40 year old machine and it's made it this far with them. May not be the original set but then again when my 2009 Troy was handed down to me it's metal wheel axle bushings were worn through on one side and close to it on the other.

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Heading off to the (somewhat) local John Deere dealer tomorrow for the auger bushing. Wish me luck! Any ideas on the torque setting and tightening pattern for the head? Is that done with the engine hot or cold?
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Any ideas on the torque setting and tightening pattern for the head? Is that done with the engine hot or cold?
The head bolts are torqued to 200 in/lbs. following the sequence in figure 24 on page 82 of the Tecumseh flat head service manual.

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So, 200 in/lbs. would be 16-17 ft./lbs.?

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