Well... chalk up another believer. I picked up some paraffin wax at the grocery store and rubbed it on my Ariens drive belt. That baby takes off now like it has a hydraulic clutch! If you pop the clutch in 3rd gear it will still take off like a jack rabbit but if you ease out the clutch normally it takes off smooth as silk. After several years of "jump starts" it feels kind of weird to start out smoothly.That's great! I'm glad it's working better for you, and thanks for letting us know. It's always interesting to learn new solutions to problems, thanks Kbeitz.