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Opened up Bottom Cover..

So I started to do a little maintenance today. I removed the bottom panel to grease the gears and found rubber filings (for a lack of a better term at the moment) everywhere. I haven't opened the panel is probably 4 years, so I knew there would be some wear, but I was not expecting the amount of rubber filings everywhere. In addition, the friction disc has a small split in it.


The machine is a 7 year old Ariens 24" Deluxe. It probably gets about 8-10 hours of use per year and runs and performs perfectly. I have no complaints about it at all! I've attached a few pictures just to document what I'm observing and to ask if it is time that I replace any of the belts and/or the friction disc.







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I'd be replacing that drive disc and might as well replace the belts. While you're at it clean off that hex shaft the drive disc slides on and recoat it with a thin, thin coat of Lithium grease.

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The rubber dust on the bottom cover is not too bad for 7 years of use. I have that much after a year. The rubber tire does not look bad enough to replace since I can see at the top of the tire quite a bit of tread left. Mine was worn down much more before I replaced it. There is an indicator on the left side of my chassis (a black plastic piece in a rectangular opening) just in front of the left wheel that moves with the drive disc for drive actuation. When that actuator gets near the end of the opening with the drive clutch engaged then it is time to replace the rubber tired disc. Mine was almost entirely out of rubber.

As Micah68kj said you have way too much lube on the hex drive for the shifter, you should not see any lube. The shifter mechanism will move all that grease to one side and the other for forward and reverse gear positions so the grease will be spun off and onto the drive disc to lose you traction.

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I agree on the amount of rubber material laying in the cover being fairly normal especially for 7 years. For the belts I'd inspect them to see how they look. Or toss up a photo or two and let us take our best guess on if you should replace them now. If they aren't starting to crack you should be good till spring.
IMHO it's winter and you shouldn't do anything you don't need to as far as repairs. I'd clean the hex shaft off as it looks like there is a lot of grease on it and re-lube it very lightly with synthetic grease, lithium or oil. They all work, I just prefer synthetic as it stays softer at colder temps.
The friction disc looks like it's starting to crack. In your photo it looks like dead center on the left there is a 1/32-1/8 crack. Might be more if you rotate the disc. You can likely get through the winter with it but I'd pull it next summer unless you have someplace warm to work on it and the forcast gives you a few days of no precipitation.

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The rubber dust on the bottom cover is not too bad for 7 years of use. I have that much after a year. The rubber tire does not look bad enough to replace since I can see at the top of the tire quite a bit of tread left. Mine was worn down much more before I replaced it.
You are absolutely correct. After taking a closer look (on this tiny, junky tablet) I do see it has plenty of meat on it. I completely overlooked the small section showing, over top of the shaft. I was kind of wondering where the rest of the disc went since there didn't seem to be very much dust laying there. I will have to do a better job from now on. I had my old MTD for 17 years before I changed any parts and the only reason I did then was because I was selling it and I wanted it to be right for the new owner. I got a LOT of use out of it too.

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Thanks for the replies.



I will definitely wipe off the grease from the hex drive. I didn't realize I put too much on.



I'll also try to take a few pictures of the belts too and maybe one of the friction disc from the side.
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I took a few more pictures of the friction disc and one of the belts. The belts look fine and the friction disc looks ok, however, it's definitely showing some wear.










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I would order a set of Belts just in case Belts last a lot longer on this type of equipment because of lack of heat.There is nothing like looking at 12" of new snow and the belt lets go as you are driving out of the garage.If you have the spare belts hanging on the wall.You will never brake one
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Remember to shift when machine is stopped. Do not shift on the fly!
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