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I have an old snowblower (ca. 1980's?) that runs like a top - the only problem is that the auger drive chain pops off the rear (smaller) sprocket in heavy snow, no matter how tightly (or loosely)

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  • Kenny Vee Apr 21, 2013

    The snowblower is a Montgomery Wards single stage 5/20

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First remove the chain--- lay it flat on the floor --streched lengthwaze . grab either end and pull out and push back--- if chains length moves more than a quarter of a inch ---replace the chain. Next inspect the sprokets, if they are worn inward on the side they will let the chain drop on too far making the chain jump and rattel as it runs and this will throw the chain. Next inspect allignment of each spoket to the next sprokets with belt drive the belt will flex and this is not critical with chain drive this will load one side of each spoket causing the chain to jump off.

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