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Finished Impeller Kit, 1st start, What should I expect?

I finished the impeller kit on 2 machines, one has no carb right now, the other is ready to start but it was dark, I was outside, cold, and dinner time. Tomorrow!

What should I expect? Whirling noise? Will the engine struggle until the rubber wears in? Pieces of rubber being thrown out until it wears in? Does it need to wear in? How long does it take to wear in? How long should I run the snowblower?

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Should wear in enough to use in a few moments, Would even wear in if used, should not have very much affect on the blower as itís much less stress than being filled with snow.

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Yes rubber will be popping out
Should take 2 min to break in
start it on full rpm
motor might struggle if you made the pads to long or wide

I've had 1 kit stall the blower my bad
i now break them in 20 seconds each pad
then run 3 min for all
yes it will sound harsher for 2 or 3 min
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There was nothing too startling when I ran mine for the first time with the kit - the engine labored a bit for a short time and there was the smell of burned rubber as the paddles wore in. A few tiny pieces of rubber were thrown out, but not much. That was all over in a few minutes and I've never looked back. I think it may have sounded slightly different at first, but I don't really remember - if so, it was nothing terrible. I ran mine for a few minutes a couple of times before the snow arrived, but the second time probably was unnecessary. Wait till you try the machine in snow - it will be well worth the time and effort!

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I finished the impeller kit on 2 machines, one has no carb right now, the other is ready to start but it was dark, I was outside, cold, and dinner time. Tomorrow!

What should I expect? Whirling noise? Will the engine struggle until the rubber wears in? Pieces of rubber being thrown out until it wears in? Does it need to wear in? How long does it take to wear in? How long should I run the snowblower?
I did this mod on my 2 snow blowers, you will love it. Just make sure you lube the impeller housing with something like fluid film or whatever you use. It makes the break in period go better. JMTC.

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My first startup was pretty uneventful, as I recall. I adjusted my rubber flaps so they were just barely touching the impeller housing. You don't need them hitting hard, they'll end up just barely touching anyways, as they wear in.

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it shouldnt be much of anything. if you installed them too close to the housing it will cause the belt to slip from the drag.......... ive done that once

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the first couple i tried to make a perfect fit. it doesn't matter . they will wear in.

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Make sure your engine is warm and running strong without choke at full throttle.

Feather the impeller clutch to test how much resistance the kit is causing. I’ve seen no resistance, engine struggling, belt slippage and a complete engine stall. All depends on the material used, thickness of material, and distance from impeller to housing.

Take your time and feather the clutch until you have the impeller moving well. May shake a little until the kit seats and extra rubber burns off. Once full clutch engagement is achieved allow the impeller to spin until you notice a consistent speed, vibration reduction, and engine no longer struggling. Turn off engine.

Inspect the hardware you used to install the the kit and confirm it hasn’t loosened.

Check your belt(s) for wear or glazing and replace if necessary.

Good luck!

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