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Hello to all. I have a Ryobi 9.5hp and 26" snowblower. It has 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds. My problem is the 1st reverse gear makes the snowblower go forward. All the other gears work correctly. I have lubed and adjusted everything in the manual. Also the drive plate and friction wheel all are grease free and in good shape. Any ideas? Thanxs.
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Hello to all. I have a Ryobi 9.5hp and 26" snowblower. It has 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds. My problem is the 1st reverse gear makes the snowblower go forward. All the other gears work correctly. I have lubed and adjusted everything in the manual. Also the drive plate and friction wheel all are grease free and in good shape. Any ideas? Thanxs.
It has to be out of adjustment. There's nothing else to make it do that except adjustment. You need to adjust your gear selector rod/cable. What happened to cause it to behave this way? Has it done it since new?

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I got the snowblower from a friend who moved down south. The first few years it was working perfectly. I have checked the adjustment on the shift rod and that seems to be fine. If I adjust the rod up or down then it won't get into the highest or lowest setting so it seems to be correct. I am totally confused by this.
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Not sure if your blower has a neutral setting but evern if it doesn't, put your speed selector between low gear forward and low speed reverse. Your drive disc should be running in the exact center of the platter. Now, if you have problems with losing speed settings you more than likely need to replace the rubber drive disc. I can't think of anything else.
Let us know what happens.

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Welcome to the forum. I'm not the best friction disc person but I had something like that one one machine I bought to fix-up and sell. In my case it turned out to be an adjustment along with a bent linkage.

You may have to do this more than once to find the final adjustment if you don't have a manual on the machine.
Start by setting the gear selector to neutral, adjust the linkage to where the friction disc is roughly on center of the friction wheel. Check the linkage to see if the friction wheel goes on either side of center when going into reverse and 1st. Then look at where it ends up when in the highest gear. You probably will have to some further adjustments to get it set up right but unless something is worn or broken, that should at least get you in the ballpark.

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Here's another thread about your machine. I don't know how to link this thread on my tiny little android tablet so I just took a screenshot of the thread beginning.
According to thread your blower is an MTD clone, as I suspected.
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According to thread your blower is an MTD clone, as I suspected.
Stand that rascal on it's nose, remove the bottom cover, put your speed selsctor between forward and reverse and center your rubber disc over the center of the platter. Done.

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A lot of MTDs use a steel cable for the gear shifter with a heavy return spring to pull it back. It could just be stretched out or frayed.

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Or it could be missing. Last two I worked on had similar problems with gearing and the spring on the friction wheel was missing.

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Thanxs for all the ideas. Adjusting the linkage in the center of the disk won't work because then it doesn't lock into the slots for all the speeds. The manual says to adjust it from the fastest speed gear, (6) which I already did. I will check the springs to see if they are stretched or missing. There are 2 there now and they seem to be fine but another look sure won't hurt only help. Stay tuned for the update, lol.
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