I have an Ariens 824 bought around 2003, and I used a lot and it worked great for clearing and throwing heavy snow.
Last year I started to notice that the drive is getting weaker and I had to push it more and more. Finally, I opened up
the bottom pan and saw that the Friction disk rubber was worn down. I got a new Friction disk and I replaced it. When I closed it
and ran the snowblower, the drive was back to normal, however, after 30 minutes to an hour, I noticed that the drive was again going slower.
Then I noticed that the lever was loose.and the friction disk had become disengaged from the yoke (Y shaped fork on the gear shaft that holds the friction disk
and moves the disk over the metal larger disk).
I noticed that there were two flat washers on the bottom of the pan. Where do these washers go and do they have anything to do
with why the Friction disk lever yoke kept coming off and become loose? Does anyone have this experience? Did I missed anything when putting back the friction disk?
Thanks for any help.