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Murray 10.5 HP 5 year old Snow Blower is dripping some reddish fluid. I notice occasional drips in the snow. reddish brown. Does not look like motor oil. Motor oil is full. What is the most likely source of the leaking fluid?

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  • hungarian Feb 07, 2010

    Small amount of leakage is tolerable? Eventualy it will run dry even 1 drip at a time. Can it be refilled. Also, This snowblower has received limited use. Only one forward gear engages (approx 3rd gear). If I put it in reverse, it stays in the same forward gear. I is always in this same gear.

  • hungarian Feb 07, 2010

    its not a hydrolic transmission is it? Could it be the linkage?

  • hungarian Feb 11, 2010

    Its a NorthStar serial # 7529935231F096 model # 629118X0A. Only one forward gear works and no reverse gears work. Also, where can i get an owners manual on line? Thank you.



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The fluid in the transmission is what you are seeing. It's like axle fluid or fluid for manual transaxle cars. It's in the tranny of the blower. Either the seals from engine to tranny or from tranny to wheel axles seals are leaking a little.

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    Sounds like your gearbox is already low or dry. There should be a fill plug somewhere on the gear case to remove and fill with gear oil

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    I'd use 90W in the gear box but keep an eye on the fluid level

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    What model number is you machine? I really don't think linkage would have anything to do with the fluid leak but may help change gears better. I could better tell you if I know the model & series numbers

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 11, 2010

    You can get a manual here:

    If you see any linkage, try to adjust it. As far as I am told, this isn't hydraulic.



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