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Yardworks(mtd) 30" snowblower model# 31AH65KH515

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The large drive plate in my snowblower is always coming loose.I find the large Jam L-nut at the bottom of the bellypan from time to time. Is there a way to fasten this nut without taking the blower apart.Anyone knows if there is suppose to be a lockwasher under this nut or if the manufacturer put some treadlocker paste on the bolt treads? Thanks!
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Maybe try using a polylock nut in place of the original.

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Can you explain which part you are referring to when you say "the large drive plate".
Are you referring to the friction Wheel disc?
As for thread locker, it is used on many machines in many areas when they are constructed.
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Welcome to the forum. If you can't get a wrench/socket on the nut you will probably have to split the machine to gain access. The manual doesn't show a lock washer under the nut. See page 22
https://www.mtdproducts.com/equipmen....pdf&htmlLink=
You could try some blue loctite on the threads to keep the nut in place. Let us know how you make out. Good Luck

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Its part #9 on the diagram. There is so little space getting a wrench on it. I might need to split the machine in two and torque it with a ratchet and a big socket. Snowstorm is coming soon!
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As for securing that nut, auto parts stores do sell small packs of thread locker, under two bucks. That way you don't need to buy a $10 + bottle that you might rarely use.
I did a drive plate on my Troy (MTD) and it is nearly impossible to reassemble it without taking it apart. I did it but it sure hurt trying to shove my hand in there. If there is a next time I'd break it down to make it easier on myself.



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UPDATE: PROBLEM SOLVED

I removed the belly pan cover,the 2 tires and the friction wheel shaft to gain access to the drive plate.
Removed the 2 springs holding the drive plate support bracket to be able to tilt it up.
Put a dab of locktite on the bolt treads and torqued it with a 5/8 socket wrench. Took around 1 hour and hopefully it won't come loose again.

Thanks everyone for your replies

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@RAOUL,

Many times, the only proper solution is to take things apart and fix it properly, as it sounds like you did.

While it is apart, you can also address any other issues you come across, .... like I usually take rusted springs and soak or coat them in some type of lubricant to prevent them from rusting further and anything else I come across.
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