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Help me revive my first blower

My first snowblower was a 22" two stage MTD with a 196cc 5.5 HP Tecumseh engine. This blower has only a single forward speed and no reverse, manual chute. It has a 4 blade plastic impeller. I bought this blower on sale at the end of the 2007 season for $350 Canadian I think.

At that time I lived in a snowbelt area where we got 4-8ft annually and had a small drive way of about 30ft long and 16ft wide. This little blower although lacking in many ways did the trick. I could maneuver it around easily, it had fold up handles for the summer. I always ran the carb empty of gas before I put it away for the summer.

In the middle of the 2014 winter I moved to new place with a much larger driveway (80ft long x 40ft wide) where there is always lots of drifting. I used the little blower for the rest of the season and it was just too small. At the beginning of the 2015 winter I picked up a Ariens Platinum 30 and it kicks butt.

Since I had no use for the little blower I gave it to my Dad for the winter. Things did not go well. For starters the very first snow he used it in was mostly rain and he plugged it up in slush. Then the drive froze up and the next time he used it the drive cable broke off the handle. Next the recoil starter rope broke and last but not least the gas was left in the carb over the summer.

Now the machine is unusable and I have it back. I would like to get this thing back to working order, but I do not have a lot of experience with this stuff. I am fairly handy, but just have not worked on these things before.

So today was cooler (about 55F) and so I pulled this out to have a look. Since the recoil is broked I used the electric start and it started right up. The problem is it would only idle at 3/4 choke. At half choke is fades in and out and anything less it stalls. I assume the carb is gummed up with bad gas.

I would love to bring this blower back to life so if anyone can provide me some directions I on the following issues I just might be able to use my old blower again.

Issues are:

1 - Engine will not idle unless 3/4 choke.

2 - Recoil Starter Rope broken.

3 - Drive cable broken

4 - Drive seems to lock up and is very stiff unless it is pulled repeatedly.

5 - There is a large impeller gap. Has anyone done an impeller kit on a plastic impeller?

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replace the exploding plastic rims first, those were a recall item. second, the drive cable isnt broken it just needs to be reattached. the recoil is an easy fix and so is the carburetor.

spray pb blaster down your cables and coat the tranny gears with a light coating of lithium grease.

i would also lightly sand and paint that surface rust because if you dont it will turn into rot in a couple years.

Finally, an impeller kit will work on that machine and will make a significant improvement on that machine
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Thanks 43128,

I just got in from the garage to see your post. I went out and pulled the gas tank off and drained the old gas out. Then I took the main jet out and it looked like there might be some crap in there so I took a piece of wire and pushed it through and clean it with brake cleaner (I couldn't find my carb cleaner). Then I blew it out with compressed air.

I then took the bowl off and saw that the gas in there had some specs in it. I cleaned the bowl out. Then I used compressed air to blow out the gas lines.

I reassembled everything and put in new gas. She runs a whole lot better. I can run with no choke through the whole throttle range. I think it is still a tad lean because it pops a little every 30 sec or so... Maybe this was normal.. I can't recall.

It is my first go at small engine repair...

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The drive cable is not broken, but the connector on the end is. If I push it through the hole and then clip some vice grips on it works fine. Are those connectors replaceable?

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No, but the cable is. You might be able to coble a zip-tie fix, but I am not sure it will weather the cold that you might endure. There is a donnyboy video on how to recast those ends to make it a new again.

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Home depot sells that metal cable for like 23 cents a foot. I replaced the cable on a lawnmower that way that broke and used a couple nuts/bolts with holes drilled in them to hold it on the ends. That fix cost like $1.50 vs the $20 cost of a new cable.

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No, but the cable is. You might be able to coble a zip-tie fix, but I am not sure it will weather the cold that you might endure. There is a donnyboy video on how to recast those ends to make it a new again.
I was thinking about tack welding a nut onto the end. The problem is I have no welder or welding experience. I need to check around with my neighbors..

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Home depot sells that metal cable for like 23 cents a foot. I replaced the cable on a lawnmower that way that broke and used a couple nuts/bolts with holes drilled in them to hold it on the ends. That fix cost like $1.50 vs the $20 cost of a new cable.
Good idea.. Not sure exactly how you did it.. Do you have any pics?

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replace the exploding plastic rims first, those were a recall item. second, the drive cable isnt broken it just needs to be reattached. the recoil is an easy fix and so is the carburetor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEdSvWr4kZ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ko4gbIA_I

spray pb blaster down your cables and coat the tranny gears with a light coating of lithium grease.

i would also lightly sand and paint that surface rust because if you dont it will turn into rot in a couple years.

Finally, an impeller kit will work on that machine and will make a significant improvement on that machine
For the impeller kit on a plastic impeller do you just drill through the plastic? I have not seen any ever mention doing it on a plastic impeller...

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I have heard you shouldn't use the kits on plastic impellers so don't know. I was fixing the lawn mower to give away and didn't take any pictures. Basically I just got a small screw that fit through the holes, then drilled a small hole through the side of the screw and put a nut and washer on. Basically the same setup as on a cheap bicycle brake. Since your cable is still in tact I would recommend using that one. To do my fix you would need to cut the cable and pull it out of the sheath.

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