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I have an Ariens 824 snow blower with a Tecumseh engine. I bought it New in 2001.
Lately it seems my traction drive clutch, has been slipping , not moving like to should be. I adjusted it a couple of times, at this point,It does not appear it can be adjusted any more. When I opened up the case and looked at the friction disc last week , it did not look bad, but cleaned the clutch plate. There was a lot of oil and grease, all over the case in the case.
I started to run the blower today, and it worked fine for awhile, and then the blower would not move, especially under load. So,I attempted to adjust again, but worked for a while, and then started slipping again, then after awhile worked a little better.
I am thinking there is oil/grease getting on the disc and causing it to slip.
Any suggestions
 

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I can almost guarantee you need to replace your disc.
 

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If the disc looks like a lot of meat left, then take brake cleaner and clean the drive plate, and try some 80 grit sandpaper on it to give it some teeth....assuming you have the tension adjusted right.....
 

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Hay Barry J your post reminded me of my son-in-laws 824 which did just what yours is doing. His machine needed the inner and outer bushings which the shaft that the disc fits on. That sentence confused me! :) It wasn't the hardest job but for me a little involved as I disassembled the blower quite a bit to make it easier. The disc fits over a hex shaft that slides engaging the drive wheel. The bushings were worn causing the disc to angle when engaging which made for less pressure on the drive. Hope this helps, Tim
 
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