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Seized bolt on shoe and impeller upgrade question.

Hello all. Never thought I would be on a snowblower forum but then again I’m on a grilling forum and several guitar forums so that makes me a real dad.😀

Anyway I have a Yard King 8/27 and was going to replace the old worn shoes. Of course 3 is the 4 bolts came off no problem but the last one is seized. It’s a carriage bolt and the square hole in the housing I’m worried I might have rounded now from excessive torque. Any ideas ?

Secondly I want to upgrade the impeller with rubber extensions like many have done. My impeller already has one hole in each. Is one bolt/nut good enough on each to secure?
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
Yes, it's always one fun bolt the makes your life interesting! If you think it's rounded off then take a dremel tool and cut a slot in the head to allow you to get a screwdriver on it to hold it in place. Of course penetrating oil and heat will help also.
Since you are replacing the shoes you might just take a grinder and cut the sucker off also.

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When you do get it off if you did round out the hole you might want to go up in size for your new bolt. Just square out the hole with a small file and badda boom badda done. BTW you might just have to up a little by looking at the metric sizes, hint hint......

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When you do get it off if you did round out the hole you might want to go up in size for your new bolt. Just square out the hole with a small file and badda boom badda done. BTW you might just have to up a little by looking at the metric sizes, hint hint......
Cool. Thanks for the tips. This might be easier than I thought. As far as the auger? You think one bolt with washer should do it?
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Cool. Thanks for the tips. This might be easier than I thought. As far as the auger? You think one bolt with washer should do it?
You could go locknut, bolt washer, self tapping screw, etc. As far as each rubber piece, I think most use at least 3 fasteners per piece of rubber that goes on the impeller blade. I'm sure others will chime in as to how many they use and why.

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Here's a pro tip I've learned over the years with shoes .....

Use a breaker bar and tighten the nuts till they break off !!!

Way easier to do, it usually does not damage the square bucket hole, and bolts are cheap... replace them.

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Hello all. Never thought I would be on a snowblower forum but then again Iím on a grilling forum and several guitar forums so that makes me a real dad.😀

Anyway I have a Yard King 8/27 and was going to replace the old worn shoes. Of course 3 is the 4 bolts came off no problem but the last one is seized. Itís a carriage bolt and the square hole in the housing Iím worried I might have rounded now from excessive torque. Any ideas ?

Secondly I want to upgrade the impeller with rubber extensions like many have done. My impeller already has one hole in each. Is one bolt/nut good enough on each to secure?

I can't say much about the extensions...never had those before, but I found that any seized nut comes off much much better when heated with a prpane torch. The nut will expand enough so as to lighten the torque on the threads. As for the carriage end, drill a smaller hole in the face, and hammer in a screw extractor...get someone to hold the extractor with vice grips, and you heat and remove the nut. It's worked for me many times in the past.

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If it is spinning in the hole, just take a cut off wheel and remove it. Also slot the new carriage bolt and install, holding it with a screwdriver. Or just grab some external serrated washers and place them under the carriage head. I have also seen regular bolts used, as long as auger ends do not travel in there path.
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https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...eller-mod.html

See post #9 on this Craftsman thread. I installed the rubber impeller mod with just 1 bolt and Nordlock washer about 2 years ago. So far so good - it has held the rubber very well without any issues, and does help with throwing the snow.
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