During maintenance check, remove bottom pan
It was just posted by Thool, "Continuing Transmission issues on 1977 Yard Man", that he had a worn gear underneath. He had posted February 10 the machine would not move in reverse and problems with moving forward. He discovered this worn gear was the problem after he had to haul the snowblower up his driveway 300' in the snow.
I feel we all failed him on here. There were no responses to his request of February 10. Why? I don't know. I don't know why I didn't respond. He has my apology for not responding.
Since the blower was moving, most likely it wasn't the belt. We should have told him to stand the blower on the auger housing and remove the bottom pan and have a look around, as that's where the problem lied.
From this we learned whether we are working on our own machine or someone else's, it's a good idea on a regular basis as we do our servicing or maintenance or tune up, to remove both the auger belt cover and the bottom pan, and look around. If Thool had been knowledgeable, he would have done this and discovered the problem before the winter. If we were on top of our game, we would have told him to do this as the majority of us are better than this as mechanics. The next lesson, sorry, how many of us procrastinate and do our winter prep in Nov or Dec? I've been caught in this, including doing repairs in the first snow! But the past few years I've been doing pretty good, doing my repairs in April, doing my startups and checks in Sept and again in November, then starting and moving the snowblower 2 days prior to the start of the storm.
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