It’s that time of year again – the days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and snow is in the forecast. For many people, this means it’s time to break out the snow blower and clear the driveway.
But what do you do when your MTD snow blower won’t start or starts but won’t move? Here are 10 possible fixes to help get you moving after identifying MTD snow blower drive problems
MTD Snow Blower Drive Problems and Solutions
When MTD Snowblower wheels don’t have enough power to move the machine, you must check for the following issues:
Check the V-belt Of Your Snow Throwing Machine
V-belt connects the MTD snowblower engine with the gearbox and transfers power to the impeller. One of the most common problems with snow blowers is a broken or worn-out v-belt.
If your MTD snow blower won’t move, the first thing you should check is the v-belt. To do this, remove the cover on the engine and look for the v-belt. The belt should be tight and should have no cracks or splits.
Adjust the MTD’s V-belt if it is not properly adjusted.
If it’s broken or worn out, replace it with a new one.
Check The Damage On Friction Wheel Or Friction Ring
The friction wheel or friction ring helps the drive plate by providing a surface against which the drive plate can rub. This allows the drive plate to create motion, that in turn, moves the MTD snow blower.
In order to provide more resistance and create more friction, the friction wheel is made of a hard rubber material. This material is prone to wear and tear and can damage over time.
Check if the friction ring is damaged, wet or greasy. If it is, the machine may not work properly.
Clean the MTD snowblower’s friction ring and plate if it is wet, greasy, or oily with WD-40 or rubbing alcohol. Change and replace the ring if it is damaged or worn out.
MTD Snow Blower Drive Problems: Clutch Cable
A bad clutch cable may also become a cause of the MTD snowblower not moving when the engine is running, or the snowblower moving slowly or not at all. There are several things that can cause a clutch cable to malfunction, including kinks in the cable, corrosion, and broken strands of wire.
The best way to determine whether or not your MTD snow-blowing machine’s clutch cable is causing this problem is to disconnect it from the engine and try to start the snowblower.
If it starts, then the clutch cable is bad and needs to be adjusted or replaced.
If the snowblower does not start, then the problem is likely due to something else.
Or if your MTD snowblower starts and won’t move due to clutch cable then adjust it properly.
If it is completely worn out it’s time to replace the cable. This is a relatively easy fix and can be done by following these simple steps:
How To Replace Clutch Cable Of MTD Snowblower
- Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting accidentally.
- Remove the two screws that hold the cover in place on the engine.
- Remove the cover and locate the clutch cable.
- Disconnect the clutch cable from the handle lever and remove it from the clutch assembly.
- Install the new clutch cable in reverse order, making sure to connect it properly.
Traction Control Cable might be the cause of MTD Snow Blower Drive Problem
Now after all this exercise if there is still an issue with your snow blowers drive, it’s time to check the traction control cable.
This is the cable that goes from the engine to the transmission.
If it’s too loose, extremely tight, or misadjusted, it can cause the MTD snow blower to not move.
You can check this control cable by trying to move the snow blower by hand. If it moves easily, the traction control cable is probably tight.
Squirt some oil to lubricate it so that it can become loose.
However, if it doesn’t move after lubrication, it’s time to replace the traction cable. This is a relatively easy fix and can be done in about 20 minutes or so.
How To Replace Traction Control Cable Of MTD Snowblower
- The first step is to remove the cover from the snow blower engine.
- Once that’s done, you’ll see the traction control cable. It’s connected to a pulley on the engine and wraps around it several times. Loosen the clamp that holds the cable in place, and remove it from the pulley.
- Then, take the new cable and put it on the pulley, and tighten the clamp.
- Make sure that the cable is tight, but not too tight. You don’t want to damage the snow blower’s engine.
- After that, put the cover back on, and you should be all set!
The cogged belt may be a problem with your MTD snow blower that is restricting it to move. When the cogged belt is damaged, misadjusted, or worn out, it means that the teeth on the belt are not engaging properly with the pulleys of the engine and gearbox.
This can cause the MTD snowblower to stop moving or to move very slowly.
Inspect the cogged belt to see if it is damaged or worn out.
If the cogged belt is damaged or broken, replace it with a new one.
Moreover, to adjust the cogged belt, first, loosen the set screws on the belt guard. Then, slide the belt guard to the left or right to take up any slack in the belt.
Next, tighten the set screws on the belt guard.