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Hi, new to forum. Picked up my 24" Ariens today after pre-winter tune up. Forgot bungies or rope. While driving slowly home with blower on trailer, had to hit the brakes, resulting in the snowblower rolling forward rather hard and smashing into the front wall of the metal trailer...hard enough to put a little crease in the front housing around the auger.

Now the wheels seem to wobble a bit! Noticed a difference when I rolled it off the trailer compared to before "impact". Can't see anything bent. Took it back and the repair guy said it should be OK.

Any advice? Thanks in advance! And yeah, I feel stupid!
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it should be ok if you keep the speed below 55 ! i would take it for a run around the yard and check all its functions as best you can without having snow.....try holding its forward motiion back a bit just to make sure all is fine under the belly pan.

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Kind of hard for us to be sure without seeing it, but if your "guy" saw it, and said it was ok, then I'd probably take his word for it, or find a new "guy"...LOL


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I transport a good number of snowblowers in the back of my truck for my church so when I have one back there, I tie down the drive lever and the snowblower never goes anywhere since the gear is engaged. No slop no problem.
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If I have to move some ope when it gets loaded it gets ratchet strapped so it is immobile no matter what. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


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I don't see how this mishap as described could bend the axle or damage wheels. I think your awareness is raised and you are seeing normal run out of the mounted tires or old damage.

Is it apparent in feel when driving it down the driveway under power?

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You might want to check the auger housing and see if it maybe twisted a bit causing misalignment with the power section. That might cause it to be a bit wonky and not sit square on the ground. Sometimes loosening the bolts holding the auger housing to the frame will allow you to realign, then check the skid shoes and make sure everything is sitting square and true.

Might also be useful to raise the unit off the ground so the wheels can turn freely under power, and see if you can eyeball anything bent as they spin.

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