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Old 01-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Ok, I was having a problem with my snowblower a few weeks ago. I finally fixed the problems and it worked great a few days ago, but now it's not. The problem I am having is that the belt guide that screws into the motor is loose. It is connected with a bolt and screws right into the aluminum motor. At 5am I realized that it wasn't throwing snow so I tightened the screw, but as soon as I pressed the auger handle down, the belt would push the guide out and the belt would be loose again and not work. I thought that if I made another, smaller hole to put the bolt in, it would be tight and not shift. I drilled a hole next too the original hole and realized that oil was leaking out and stopped. I know, I know, this was very stupid, but after fixing the snowblower a few weeks ago, I was about the throw it down my driveway when I realized that it wasn't working. Anyway, I have 2 questions. 1) Can I get some sort of filler to fill in the hole that I drilled, even if it is only going to last me this winter and I can change the whole motor or buy another snowblower over the summer. 2) Is there some sort of hardening putty or glue that I can put on the bolt that will sort of weld it in the original hole, so it doesn't shift anymore? Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-12-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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Tap the hole dip a bolt in some high temp sealant and screw it in. Something like JB Weld

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Tap the hole dip a bolt in some high temp sealant and screw it in. Something like JB Weld
What do you mean when you say "tap the hole?" I am assuming that you are talking about the hole that I drilled. Also, what kind of sealant do you suggest?
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Yikes!

You could try some JB Weld to patch the hole you drilled. Heck, you could even try it to hold the bolt in the original hole.

In the off season, you could maybe get the hole you drilled patched by a welder, depending on where it is exactly.

You could also possibly drill out the original hole a small bit and tap it to a larger size, if the area it is located in will accommodate it.
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Tap the hole = thread the hole
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Ok, so you are saying to thread it and plug it with a bolt? Good idea. Also is that JB weld stuff really strong? I realize that it has the word "weld" in it, but you never know. Thanks guys
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Well lets put it this way, don't plan on removing the bolt later.

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Well lets put it this way, don't plan on removing the bolt later.

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Ok, great. Thanks a lot. I would love for the bolt to be there permanently, I can get the belt off with the guide in place, so this stuff should work. I'll let you know. Thanks again
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Be gentle when you tighten that bolt, sounds like the housing you went through is not real meaty, you won't need much tightening at all, let the sealant do the work.

You should drain the oil, metal chips in an engine are not good!

Put some grease on the tap to help keep the tapping chips from going in the engine.
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Be gentle when you tighten that bolt, sounds like the housing you went through is not real meaty, you won't need much tightening at all, let the sealant do the work.
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Check the edits on my last post for more info.
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Got it. Thank you very much

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