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I'm a little embarrassed. Completely rebuilt by Ariens ST824 auger gear box (model 924082). Reassembled everything except I can't get the discharge chute crank to "fit". Seems it's too long (which I know is not true since it's the original). Any ideas? There's got to be a misalignment somewhere.

Also noticed a small leak from my rebuilt gear box this morning. I used RTV 100% silicone gasket maker & sealant when I rebuilt the gear box. I'd like to not have to disassemble the unit and put in a new gasket. Any ideas?

Oh yea, I'm using the Ariens brand gear oil in the gear box.

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Hello, Welcome to this forum. Nice if we all knew where you were from. You can edit your profile to include such.

The first answer you are going to get is, you need to post pictures of your problem especially the chute problem. Hit Go Advanced below to post them.I

Regarding the leak, does it call for oil or grease? Sounds like oil with the "leak", of course if it has a fill plug it's oil. Do you have the right viscosity of oil?

You have to wipe it down clean, use a solvent, to discover the leak. If you can't, use white spray paint to help, then run it. You may find a little super glue will seal it, or a tube of liquid lead, maybe a smear of Monster glue.
 

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:welcome: to SBF rmbemail

Have you determined if the leak is coming from a plug, the case halves or an axle seal yet ?? When you added the lube did you fill it according to instructions or just "fill it" :surprise:

Congrats on getting it rebuilt though. And yes, photos would be helpful. This might help with chute crank.

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If it came with a gasket from the factory. then it should be replaced with a gasket and not any type of black, blue or orange type glue. can't really say I have seen pink gear oil before either. did you run some type of synthetic gear oil in there ?????????? because if the seals are not speced for the syn stuff it will leak right past everything. Anyhoo, ALOHA from the Paradise City.:smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027:
 

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:welcome: to SBF rmbemail

Have you determined if the leak is coming from a plug, the case halves or an axle seal yet ?? When you added the lube did you fill it according to instructions or just "fill it" :surprise:

Congrats on getting it rebuilt though. And yes, photos would be helpful. This might help with chute crank.

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Where did you DIG that pic up from some cemetery near you there, BROTHER FROG???????????
 

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Chute - Try removing the bolt or connection in the middle, dropping the rod, slipping the rod in the bottom universal joint then pushing the rod up and reconnecting the bolt/connection.
 

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The Ariens L3 gearbox lubricant is very thin and has a tendency to leak from the shaft seals on the cast iron gearboxes. The Owner Manual for your 924082 model suggests L2 gearbox lubricant which has been superseded by the L3. The red colour is for older stock since new stock is clear due to copyright by the lube manufacturer. The volume of lubricant in the box is quite low, only 2 ozs for the aluminum gearcase. There is quite the procedure to check for the correct level involving raising the wheels. You can get a manual for your model here: https://www.ariens.com/en-us/manuals the gearbox fill procedures are on pages 13 and 14.

To connect the chute rod to the universal joint you may need to undo the rod attachment at the handle bar to allow the rod to move backward and fit into the joint.
 

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Regarding the leak, does it call for oil or grease? Sounds like oil with the "leak", of course if it has a fill plug it's oil. Do you have the right viscosity of oil?.
There are many machines out there that take grease that have a fill/inspection plug.:plain:
 
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