Snow Blower Remote Chute Repair
Briggs & Stratton, Canadiana, Snapper, Murray,
205cc Single-Stage Snow
|This is a great little
Single-Stage 22" Snow thrower with a strong (for a
single-stage) Briggs and Stratton 205cc engine. This snow
thrower features the OHV 800 Snow Series four-stroke
with a joystick controlled chute and an electric start. It's
sold under many names including Briggs & Stratton, Ariens,
Murray, Snapper, Canadiana and Craftsman.
that many have expressed with this Snowblower is that the
joystick / handle that controls the chute rotation stiffens
up and eventually stops turning the chute altogether.
Searching the net didn't explain what was wrong or how to
repair the remote chute so here's a quick guide. This is a
simple and free repair and could even be considered
maintenance every couple of years.
After this repair, the
chute should turn butter-smooth when the handle is pushed or
must be removed before you start removing the main cover, it is held with 3
Phillips screws and comes off
easily. Removing the main cover of the snow blower is easy and
fast. There are only 6 bolts to loosen or remove and the main cover will
come right off.
Two bolts go through the handle near
the wheel on each side and are held with nuts. You'll need an
open-ended wrench for the inside left nut as the round end will
become trapped during re-assembly (as demonstrated here).
bolts on the main cover
just need to be loosened up so the main cover (red) can slide out from
under the belt cover (black).
The belt cover does not need to be removed, however
installing a new belt is cheap, and easy to replace at this
This Briggs and Stratton 205cc
engine can stretch and ruin a belt if you're too aggressive in
very heavy snow banks etc.
Save your old belt
to use as an emergency backup because the
parts store will likely be closed when your belt breaks.
|These two bolts are screwed into
plastic so beware not to strip them during re-assembly.
hold the front of the rotation gear housing that you'll see in the
|Here you can see how two of the bolts
holding the cover at the front (above) also hold the rotation gear housing
at the front.
The bolts on the left and right, screw into plastic so use
caution not to strip them during re-assembly.
The bolt closest
to the engine is a machine bolt going through thin metal.
|Here the rotation gear casing is turned upside
down. The large
chute rotation gear
(that the chute attaches to) is supposed to float freely in the
housing. Through normal wear, this gear will rub through the
paint of the housing. Once the paint is worn through, the housing
begins to rust and bubble, making the tight clearance even
tighter. Many owners say the chute became stiffer and stiffer as
time went on, the rust will build to the point of making the
chute gear impossible to turn in the housing.
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