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Screws on my Sears track drive snowblower unthread themselves.

Basically the threads that hold the track drive wheels on, unthread themselves when the snowblower is in motion.

My question is this: Should the screws rotate with the wheel or stay stationary. In other words should the plastic wheels spin on the axels or does the axel spin with the wheel. I'm thinking that the little axels are seized to the plastic wheel and should rotate freely. A little hard to explain.

If anyone has one of these, please run your machine and tell me if the bolts holding the drives wheels spin when in motion or stay stationary.


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  • claydon Feb 03, 2009

    OK Problem solved. The plastic wheels need to spin on the axels. It took my 12 ton press to remove them from the wheel, and of course, they were full of rust. Once cleaned up and properly greased, the wheels spin freely on the axels, and the mounting screws no longer un-screw themselved.

    Thanks for the input!


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Back wheels have a gear that connects to the drive chain. on each side. those spin.
The front ones which are Idlers do not spin as the idler wheel as a bushing in it that allows free motion on the shaft without resistance. Use a nylock nut with Locktight for starters. The try that.

Hope this helps. -Jeff anchorage small engine repair.

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    Jeff Wolfe Feb 04, 2009

    Your welcome. Hopfeull you wont need to use that machine a whole lot more this winter. Dont forget to Season it when spring comes. Drain all the gas and put a couple drop oil in the spark plug hole and pull the rope 2 times slowly. -Jeff


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