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Old 11-11-2010, 10:52 AM   #16
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My guess (only a guess) is that you need to adjust the linkage that regulates the wheel drive engagement. It may be too "loose" for the mechanism to engage. Look for an adjustment on the cable to the drive wheel engagement lever.

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Old 11-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #17
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My guess (only a guess) is that you need to adjust the linkage that regulates the wheel drive engagement. It may be too "loose" for the mechanism to engage. Look for an adjustment on the cable to the drive wheel engagement lever.
Thank you, Bob. I said clutch, and then couldn't help but repeat it a bit later, but yes, wheel drive engagement is a much better description.
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:33 PM   #18
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:44 AM   #19
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I have an MTD (Huskee) 8.5 hp two stage snow blower purchased at Tractor Supply. 31AE6GKG731 4407351

The drive wheels will not turn unless I disengage all the gears.

The drive assembly is a round clutch plate and a friction wheel that engages the clutch plate by friction. Its all belt driven.

There are a series of gears on the axel and on the shaft that holds the clutch plate. All the gears mesh simutaneously at all times
The engine runs and the two stage blower components function fine. The drive wheel will engage the clutch plate but just spins because the axel wont turn.

There are a pair of gears on the axel and corresponding gears on the shaft that transfer power from the engine to the drive wheels. That whole asembly will not turn.

If I remove the clps that hold the individual gears in place and disengage gears the axel and drive shaft turn freely. All bushings and bearings are free.

If I slide the individual gears to the left on the shafts they turn freely with the corresponding gear. As soon as I engage all the gears the whole assembly locks up. It seems like the gears must be misaligned in the shafts in relation to each other so they do not work as a unit.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:20 PM   #20
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Gary you explained my problem exactly. I have been looking for a answer.
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Agree:
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I have a Yard Machines by MTD 10 hp, 2 stage snow thrower , model 31AS6LCE700 with all the same symptoms. Did anyone come up with a solution? Checked the linkage and belts and the friction wheel. Everything's okay.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:53 AM   #23
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I found out my problem. The gear train has free wheeling gears and stationary gears to the shaft. The free wheeling ones have needle bearings with out any way to lubricate them with out taking the gear train apart. With out lubrication these gears will freeze. The machine will not move. I have ordered new gears. There is no mention of this in the manual on maintenance. Good suggestion would to take the gear train apart at least one a year to lubricate those free wheeling gears. Save you just short of a hundred dollar bill If you do it yourself.

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