I'm doing my annual snowblower maintenance this weekend... aside from the
usual oil change, spark plug, shear pins, etc... is there anything else I
should be doing?
It's a ~25 yr old Arien's dual stage snow blower that I bought used a few
years ago... 5 foward, 1 reverse gearbox, 5.5 Tecumseh Snow-King engine,
It runs like a champ - but I'm wondering if there are other areas I should
be giving attention to?
If it's like my 40 year old Airens and uses a friction drive
"transmission", you might want to flip it up, remove the bottom plate
and eyeball the rubber on the driven wheel to make sure it's not nearly
worn out. Comparing its outside diameter to that of a new one is an easy
way to check that.
And, while it's open if you see an exposed chain in the drive train,
give it a few shots of spray can chain lube.
Give the drive belt a look see too, and have a spare on hand, you never
know when they'll decide to give out.
The lube in the gear box at the center of the auger should get checked
once a season.
Like Jeff said, rubber friction wheel drive. The rubber wears off after a
couple of years, depending on use, so check it out.
Lube the chute where it pivots on the blower housing to. I use 80-90 weight
gear lube for this, and drive chain.
Also the hex shaft that the drive wheel slide on could use some lube too.
After time the oil and grease turns to thick goo and it will shift hard.
Good idea to remove the wheels and grease to hubs and axles, if you can! The
wheel hubs get rusted onto the axles after time, then when you need to
remove then for a repair you have a big job on your hands!
Those older Ariens blowers are great machines. I had one twenty years ago,
wish I never sold it!
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