Snow Blowers

Published on August 26th, 2016 | by Brandon

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How to Inspect and Remove the Friction Wheel on Your Cub Cadet Two Stage Snow Thrower

If the drive control is failing to properly drive your snow thrower, the drive control cable should first be tested and adjusted if necessary. If this does not solve the problem, you may need to remove and replace the friction wheel.

Ensure that you take all the safety precautions laid out in your owner’s manual before servicing your equipment. Wait until all moving parts have stopped moving before working on your machine.

Inspecting the Friction Wheel

  • Step 1: Run the engine until it is out of fuel.
  • Step 2: Position the equipment forward and up so that it rests on the auger housing.
  • Step 3: Remove the frame cover that’s located underneath the machine. You’ll need to remove four self-tapping screws to do this.
  • Step 4: Inspect the friction wheel. Look for any excessive wear, cracks, chips, etc. You should replace the friction wheel if you discover any damage or wear that may inhibit the friction wheel from operating properly.

Removing the Friction Wheel

  • Step 1: Run the engine until it is out of fuel.
  • Step 2: Set the shift lever in the Forward (F1) position.
  • Step 3: Position the equipment forward and up so that it rests on the auger housing.
  • Step 4: Remove the frame cover that’s located underneath the machine. You’ll need to remove four self-tapping screws to do this.
  • Step 5: Remove the right wheel. Remove the screw and bell washer securing it to the axle to do this.
  • Step 6: Remove the hex nut that is securing the hex shaft to the frame of the equipment.
  • Step 7: Tap the end of the shaft lightly. This will dislodge the ball bearing from the frame.
  • Step 8: Place to the hex shaft down and to the left before sliding the friction wheel off of it.
  • Step 9: Get rid of the old friction wheel assembly and slide the new one onto the hex shaft.
  • Step 10: Assemble all components by following steps in reverse order.
  • Step 11: Perform the drive control tests found here.

For information about safety, warranty, and your specific model, read and be familiar with your owner’s manual.

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