REPAIR Of The MTD Snowblower PART 1 Of 3 - Auger Gear Box




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dick bailey: don, i know you are very busy, but ive a question. i have an mtd snowblower,8/half hp. my auger housing is all bent up,on the bottom, what should i expect to pay for a good used one? pickle bailey thankyou

dick bailey: don, thankyou very much, for your quick reply. i had no idea that the auger housing was that expensive used. thanks again, pickle bailey

Grant Parr: I had a similar problem. There is a pin on the shaft, just behind the gears that broke a couple of times. Difficult to replace the first time.

Jon Jones: Thanks... bought an old one the other day, and the gearbox blew after an hour. With your video and $85, I'm running again

Lisa Iobst: Thank you so much. I fixed my snow blower yesterday and today we had a foot of snow and worked great! Thanks to your great videos!

sunshineman68: I forgot to mention that I couldn't find a video that included removing the shaft from the housing. It looked like an easy thing, but since I didn't see anything I ended up taking the bearing retainer plate to see if something else was needed, but didn't see anything. I gave it a couple of taps with a brass hammer, then some anti rust spray, let it sit, and tried the brass hammer touch. Nothing was happening, so I took it into a shop for repair. Here in Michigan we need our snowblowers this year, but I don't think Michigan needs me to be here while all this snow is coming

sunshineman68: I just watch the video and it looks like you favor replacing the gearbox, maybe because you have them. I haven't taken mine apart, but I'm sure something is broke inside. I guess 12 years of Michigan snow have done it in. Although I did find it interesting about not making shear bolts tight. So I think I might have shortened the life of this part because I usually make my shear bolts snug. I don't really tighten these with a lot of power, just enough so the shear bolts don't spin. Could you have just changed the worm gear on the blower from this video? 

ryanarey79: Great video 

Pejones95: Appreciate the video. I am working on my 2005 MTD Pro, the bearing in the housing behind the impeller did not want to come off the shaft. I used a gear puller to get it off. Should that actually just slide out? - I am afraid I stripped the threads inside the impeller shaft when I did it. Also can you recommend a site to purchase parts?

mtbdudex: Thank you for posting this my worm gear went and I'm going to fix now.

JorgeOcampo22: Thanks donyboy, this is my e-mail address jorgitoloco48@yahoo.com

donyboy73: @semtech30 i never put in regular bolts, this is a shear bolt

darkphoenix349: @donyboy73 i was just wondering how you got the auger out of the housing. i took my apart but i cant remove the auger from the housing. the piece you are pointing at at 1:31 is stopping me from pulling the auger out. i tried spinning it to no avail and it does not have any pins or screws on it.

dude1352: The machine is 2 years old and seems like no gas going into the carb and I just filed up the tank how can I fix it myself?

donyboy73: @JorgeOcampo22 send me ur email, i have pics of where they go

mcdowlake: @donyboy73 thanks again, i will report back with the result if i can get it just incase your curious.

donyboy73: probably a carb issue

mrbluenun: This is a case of 'false economy', because it really did not need much work doing to it. Some mechanical aptitude and the previous owners would have realised the problem and made what is essentially a new machine from the bits. Nice clear explanations thanks.

donyboy73: @mcdowlake for $50 i would buy it just for the parts and maybe u can get it going??? cheaply who knows, but it's a project

VE9REJ: Great Vid as usual Dude . 5 * Reg

mouse4ahouse: You have some very good videos here on snowblower repair. I have a question though. I have an MTD Snowblower that I am trying to get the gear assembly and auger out of......I have it apart like in this video but can not get it to break free from the bearing in the back. In another video you put a piece of wood on that area and hit is lightly with a hammer and it came out.....no luck for me....suggestions?

donyboy73: @runningtat i would have to physically see it to diagnose it, but make sure nothing is rubbing on the belts, check the idler pulleys to make sure they are in good shape

Larry Lafferty: Thank you I replaced the auger belt and found a stone stunk in the wheel the throws the snow out the shoot. well I have a new auger belt on know. I have to watch your videos on how to tighten the belt a little loose.

mcharb7522: Hi Donyboy, Marc from Ottawa here. I have a 10HP MTD, with 2 auger belts. I've replaced them following the very informative videos from another post. I have a problem though, every time I fire up the engine, the belt closest to the engine keeps jumping off. The idle pulley can't be adjusted like you show in another post. Any ideas how to keep the belt from jumping?

craig1974: Those cheap gearboxes are a reason why i love my 40 plus year old Ariens machines.

Greg D: Interesting that most of the snowblowers you repair are MTD-built units......

donyboy73: practice makes better

rocsvt1: hey donyboy i have a 5/23 craftsman track snowblower and i was wondering what oil to use for the gear box?

Larry Lafferty: I have a tecumseh snow king press the auger lever the auger well not turn I get a squeal what is broke?

WJCTechyman: Yupp, but you still do a good job, and that was fast.

Garrett Jdbe: i like how simple Mtds are i have a MTD myself

WJCTechyman: I can see a vast improvement between this video and your newer ones, as you list what each bolt size is and also how the parts are to be reassembled. Either way you do instruct but you've gotten much better.

Frank Toscano: HI Donyboy,my yardmaster two stage snow thrower wheels lock up when the engine is off. Waiting for Service Advisory MTD 028A Seems there is a bering defect with certain models, lucky me I have one. Have You, encountered this problem?

LARRY NORTON: GREAT VIDEO, MADE MY LIFE A LOT EASIER. I JUST REPLACED A GEAR BOX ON MY SNOWKING 5.5 HP SNOWBLOWER. GREAT JOB, EASY TO UNDERSTAND, KEEP POSTING. THANK YOU!!!

imtrev4: darkphoenix, I'm having the same issue w my MTD 8/26 blower. I think it is around a 2005-2008 model. Bought used so not sure. There appears to be a bushing or something that holds it in place. Did u figure out how to get yours off?

donyboy73: @mcdowlake I just bought the gear for the gear box on a 4 hp/20" myself and paid $55 from randysenginerepair on ebay. it all depends how many parts are shot. if u buy a complete assembly it's around $200

deannicholle: I have a yardworks 48" snowblower. The propeller spins but the augar doesn't. I can move the augar by hand no problem with the brake on. I looked online and it looks like it could be a shear pin inside the gear box. Could it be that or could it be something else? Of Course this would happen after getting 30 cm's of snow the other day.....

Larry Lafferty: I am replacing the auger belt hopefully tomorrow just got the belt today thanks.

donyboy73: they break the most, never have honda and rarely ariens

JorgeOcampo22: Hello donyboy. I have a small problem with my mtd 10.5HP snow blower. Its not functioning right and I found out that one spring by the friction wheel is loose and one more , smaller spring is broken and I don't know where it goes. i believe the one loose is like a a belt tensor, but the small one I have no idea where it goes and i have to buy it because its broken, Thanks or your videos, they are very helpful.

John Penny: aaaahhhhhh.......snowstorm here in nova scotia today.......i have replaced the belts on my older MTD snowblower twice in two weeks. they break after a half hour or so after i replace them. i have watched your belt video to help but they keep snapping. what am i doing WRONG. i live rurally with no repair shop close by.HHHEEELLLLLPPPPP.i HOPE I AM NOT ASKING TOO MANY QUESTIONS, YOUR INPUT WOUD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED......THANKS

2cyclemix: Didn't you post a video about a complete rebuild of a 4-cycle engine? If you did, can you send me the video link?

mcdowlake: Thanks for the quick reply. A guy is asking $50 for the machine with this gear problem. Would you pay that much for this project or is it not worth the hassel. I will try to post a link to the craigslist ad. Otherwise it is item number 2148618988 on minneapolis craigslist.

raypfau: @donyboy73 - You can also use a small 3 jaw puller to get it off. You can get a loaner at Autozone or buy one at various stores. Remove the bolt which holds the pulleys on and the slide on holder for the pulleys. Then put the bolt back in with the washers and tighten it enough so the head of the bolt is against the shaft. Then the center shaft of the puller can press against the head of the bolt and the threads in the shaft will not get damaged. Give it a few turns and it will pop loose.

donyboy73: @rocsvt1 usually 80w90

semtech30: I see for a shear bolt, you put in a standard threaded bolt and nut on the auger. Unless they are specific shear rated, a standard bolt is to hard. This is a reason for the gear box damage as the harder shear bolt would not break. The gears do instead. Jaming a branch, brick, rock, or kids toy in the auger will cause a sudden stop and breakage.

donyboy73: @mouse4ahouse when that happens I heat it red hot, wear safety glasses.

donyboy73: @craig1974 yea you can't bust those old gear boxes

raypfau: @runningtat - If it is an MTD snow blower or other brand with 2 auger belts, the problem could be that the belts are not matched properly. In that case, only 1 belt is doing all the work and that will cause the one belt to wear very quickly. I had that problem one time with my MTD snowblower when I bought non-MTD replacement belts. I bought a matched set of MTD belts and everything worked fine. Make the checks as suggested and then try a matched pair of the belts. Be sure to buy a matched set.

mcdowlake: Dony, I am looking at a Craftsman Snowblower 2 Stage 4HP/20" that I believe needs a new gearbox. About how much would this cost to fix myself if I don't have access to a used gearbox. Great video by the way!!
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REPAIR of the MTD Snowblower PART 1 of 3 - Auger Gear Box