Snow Blower Remote Chute Repair
Briggs & Stratton, Canadiana, Snapper, Murray, Ariens and Craftsman
205cc Single-Stage Snow blower
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 winterized engine with a joystick controlled chute and an electric start. It's sold under many names including Briggs & Stratton, Ariens, Murray, Snapper, Canadiana and Craftsman.
The complaint 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 pulled.
Briggs Stratton Single Stage 205cc Snowblower

The chute 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).

Remove Snowblower Cover 1 

These two 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 point. 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.

Belt Cover Snowblower 
These two bolts are screwed into plastic so beware not to strip them during re-assembly.
They also hold the front of the rotation gear housing that you'll see in the following photos.

Front bolts snowblower 

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.

Chute rotation housing Snowblower 

Here the rotation gear casing is turned upside down. The large plastic chute rotation gear (that the chute attaches to) is supposed to float freely in the steel 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.
Snowblower chute gear casing  

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