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Replacing the belts on a 20 year 8/26 MTD snowblower

Is there a way to get at them from the bottom or do I need to take the auger housing off? The transmission belt is blown and I thought I would do both at the same time as they have never been changed.

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  • afdueck Jul 31, 2009

    Kind of thought so, thanks.

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You will need to take the housing off.

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Replace snowblower belt


Locate the two top auger housing fastening bolts and remove. The auger housing will tilt forward and then lift the housing off of the bottom 2 bolts/bushings. You will need to support the traction frame as it will try to fall onto the handles.
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How to replace belts on a snowblower and removal of auger from housing.


hello,, How to replace the auger drive belts on a MTD,Yard Machine,and other two stage snow blower,that don't allow enough room to slide belts between the pulleys.
1.Tilt machine up on front end to remove the bottom frame cover,there should be six screws to remove,tilt back up right.
2.Remove the chute crank from the left handle and from the shoot.
3.Remove the black belt cover,there should be three screws.
4.Remove the support guide bracket,that the cable is running through,and remove cable end from idler pulley arm.
5.Remove belts from upper pulleys. (hint if there is a bolt holding the pulleys on it is easier to remove the bolt and slide the pulleys off to be able to remove the belts.)
6.Remove the six bolts and nuts holding the front half to the back half together,slide front part out to be able to remove old belts and install new belts. (hint make sure you get the new belt under the belt keeper on the bottom.)
7.Reassembly in reverse.
8.Set of two belts 0.312x34.75, part number 954-040B, $30.28

This first part is for replacing belts.
To remove the auger assembly completely follow these steps.
1.After removing the belts,and separating the two halves, remove the bolt holding the pulleys on,pay attention how bolt comes off and the way the washers are on be sure and put back on the way they come off.
2.Remove the pulleys and make note how they come off of the adapter pulley.remove pulley note how comes off.
3.Remove the bolts and nuts on the side of the housing.
4. Pull the auger out and place on work bench,making note how the end parts come off.
5.Remove the shear bolts to get and slide augers off, be sure and mark which way they turn as not put back on backwards.
6.You can access the auger gears by removing the bolts,to make repair.
7.also check the ball bearing in the rear housing where the auger shaft goes through to make sure it is not egg shape,if egg shaped needs replacing.will cause belts not to stay on and jump off the pulleys.
8.Check the end hex flange bearing (the plastic piece) to see if it is out of round,if is replace it.
9.Also you can download your manual if you don't have one depending on your model and number.
hope this helps,DON'T FORGET THE 4 THUMBS UP,,,any comments welcome,thank you.

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Was wondering if anyone would know the age of this snowblower and hp output, its for sale and before I buy I would like more info about it. It says Snow Champ 5/24 power propelled


Looks like the UP605/8461 was made for Aircap by MTD for just 1 year (1989)... the equivalent MTD model number was: 319-550-002

Here are some links to sources for available parts along with obsolete replacement/aftermarket recommendations:

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The parts that go bad the most often are the wear skids on the outside of the auger housing, and the shave plate along the bottom edge of the auger housing.

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