Snow Blowers

Published on August 26th, 2016 | by Brandon

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How to Test and Adjust the Drive Control on Your Cub Cadet Two Stage Snow Thrower

If the drive control on your equipment is not properly adjusted, it can randomly disengage during operation. Multiple tests should be done to determine whether or not your drive cable is in need of adjustment. Follow the steps below to get started.

Testing the Drive Control

  • Step 1: Release and disengage the drive control. The cable should have little slack but not be tight.
  • Step 2: If there is too much slack in the drive cable or the drive is randomly disengaging during use, the cable may need to be adjusted.
  • Step 3: While the drive control is released, lightly push the equipment forward. It should freely roll.
  • Step 4: With the drive control engaged, attempt to lightly push the equipment. It shouldn’t move freely and the wheels shouldn’t turn.
  • Step 5: Release the drive control.
  • Step 6: Move the shifting lever back and forth between R2 and F6 several times. There shouldn’t any resistance while shifting the lever.

If your equipment passed all of the steps listed above and there is not excessive slack in the drive cable, your equipment is likely not in need of any adjustments. If any of the above steps failed, continue to adjust your equipment.

Adjusting the Drive Control

  • Step 1: Shut down the engine.
  • Step 2: On the drive cable bracket, loosen the lower hex screw.
  • Step 3: Move the bracket up to provide the cable with more slack or down to provide the cable with more tension.
  • Step 4: Tighten the lower hex screw once the bracket is in its desired position.
  • Step 5: Perform the tests again to ensure that no further adjustments need to be made.

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

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