Re: Snowblower attachment makes noise when drive pulley is turned
The blower is a 2-stage, and I did check the bearings for the auger and they seemed good. There was no significant up and down or side to side play in the auger. I spoke to someone in tech support at MTD today, and they suggested to check for grease in the worm gear housing, and see if I can remove the top plate of the right angle drive to get a look in there. I also picked up some white lithium grease to spray near the drive pulley, as it seemed like the sound might be coming from that area. If there's grease in the right places and the lithium grease helps, I think I'll feel comfortable going ahead with the deal.
I have to say, I was extremely impressed with MTD tech support. I called up and got through to Scott Right away, without having to wait for 15 minutes or go through a bunch of menus. He spent quite a while on the phone with me making suggestions and talking about possible areas to look at. All this, and he knew I didn't even own the thing yet, and was buying a used unit. You don't get that kind of service many places these days.