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Yep, was having trouble figuring out why I couldn't find a belt to fit a friends snowblower.....

He brings it over, and sure as anything, on the bottom it says:

MADE IN CANADA


'Splain's some things, don't it!

Model #247.886640
Serial #1K131I30393

Now were do I find a metric-cogged belt at locally! sheesh!

Sears lists a "substitute" belt that measures 3/8" x 31", but I'm not sure that little thing will even go on there.
The existing belt still looked brand new, and measures, without a doubt, 35 3/4" long.
And there ain't a lot of room for "less".

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...P0102095/00003?blt=06&prst=0&shdMod=247886640
 

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I looked it up and that model number lists the primary forward belt as an MTD part number 954-0430B which is 35"X3/8"

and a 2nd belt, driven off the smaller reverse pulley on the engine, as MTD part number 954-0343 which is 31"X3/8"
 

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Not the first time Sears has listed the wrong belt (or part # in general)! I would go with Red's MTD part numbers as they are more reliable seeing that MTD built the unit for Sears.
 

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Oh Yea, I learned quick that RED is usually spot on. ;)

Like he is saying, I'm thinking I'm measuring it wrong, although this is one deep lugged, narrow belt. No markings on it...yet it looks new.

Could it be, that since this thing has been sitting so long in a shop, without running, the belt could of had too much "memory" to it, and it just "snapped"?

I rolled the first belt so you can read the numbers. Exactly to factory specs. And is a MTD belt to boot!

I'm going to try a 3L360 belt friday. Won't have time tomarrow, have a school function to go to.

Check out a couple of pics of this thing....looks to have less than 10 hours on it.



 

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And if you guys are wondering why it took me so long to get this thing torn apart, and checked out, if you'll notice in one of the pics, the radiator drain pan-wife's water pump went out.

Fixed it now, but it kept me busy after church on Sunday....whooee, thank goodness it wasn't the intake manifold gasket! Them things can be a pain on a mini-van!

I need to get this thing together....I should have taken pics of the other two 'blowers in the garage, leaving me with no room!

Oh shoot! Yeah, let me re-state that! I'll try a 3L310 belt FIRST!

Sorry RED!
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Nope, 3L350.

The 31" belt appears to be fine (would be a 3L310).

The 35" belt is 3L350, which is an MTD 954-0430B which is 35"X3/8.
 

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I did the Intake gasket on a 3.8 Liter "split port" in a Windstar once...did it 4 times actually, kept leaking no matter what...4th time was the charm, hate those stupid things.
 

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Yea, did the Wife's about 5 years ago....had to pull the rods just to do the lower intake gasket...can you believe that???

When you pop the hood, EVERYTHING you see must GO. You even have to roll the engine forward to get at the coils and everything else mounted behind the rear fire wall....
 

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FIRST thing I would do is taper that 4x4 so the garage door sealed and kept the heat in! Second thing is go find the correct MTD belt. Belts are spec'd a certain way for a reason....as far as the van, you can have them!! Buddy of mine brought his wife's mini over last yer to find out why it was over heating. Bad thermostat. Ford flat rate showed 4 hours under warranty, more if on a customer ticket. John figured 45 minutes...8 hours later he took a test drive.
 

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Yea, did the Wife's about 5 years ago....had to pull the rods just to do the lower intake gasket...can you believe that???

When you pop the hood, EVERYTHING you see must GO. You even have to roll the engine forward to get at the coils and everything else mounted behind the rear fire wall....
yep, push rods go though the lower intake so all the rockers must come loose and all the push rods removed...not to mention the interhent oil leaks due to the valve cover/lower intake gasket design...

hate em.
 

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Yep, was having trouble figuring out why I couldn't find a belt to fit a friends snowblower.....

He brings it over, and sure as anything, on the bottom it says:

MADE IN CANADA


'Splain's some things, don't it!

Model #247.886640
Serial #1K131I30393

Now were do I find a metric-cogged belt at locally! sheesh!

Sears lists a "substitute" belt that measures 3/8" x 31", but I'm not sure that little thing will even go on there.
The existing belt still looked brand new, and measures, without a doubt, 35 3/4" long.
And there ain't a lot of room for "less".

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...P0102095/00003?blt=06&prst=0&shdMod=247886640
actually the stuff made in Canada did not use metric. I found a site that confirms the 247 sears stuff was mtd as others indicated
it's a mtd 31as615e099 and funny I found ipl from 2 different links and one belt is part 52 on pic and part list below jumps from 51 to 53. one belt is as already pointed out is mtd 954-0343
 

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Update---added the 3L350 belt, $9 at NAPA for the "Green" water proof one, and she runs FINE.

Hey, it was on the way home! And Napa belts are made by Gates!

Thanks Folks!!
 

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FIRST thing I would do is taper that 4x4 so the garage door sealed and kept the heat in! Second thing is go find the correct MTD belt. Belts are spec'd a certain way for a reason....as far as the van, you can have them!! Buddy of mine brought his wife's mini over last yer to find out why it was over heating. Bad thermostat. Ford flat rate showed 4 hours under warranty, more if on a customer ticket. John figured 45 minutes...8 hours later he took a test drive.

WHAT HEAT???

I wear insulated covies for a reason! And thats a 6 by, not a 4 by! Hope to pour concrete next summer, if money allows! ;)
 

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Nope, decided to go with a standard v-belt, and I say your right, just have to wait and see.
The factory MTD belt isn't notched either.
if it's 754-0430 or 430b for the auger it should be notched.
from MTD catalogue , my blower uses 2. bought them from mtd dealer last year and they are notched
754-0430B 3/8" .405" 3V 35.00 AUGER DRIVE BELT FOR ALL 600 SERIES SNOWTHROWERS. COMES AS MATCHED
SET OF 2. LESS THAN 8HP REQUIRES ONLY ONE BELT (FORMERLY 754-0431)
see also here
http://www.bantasaw.com/catalog/viewproduct.asp?i=&p=5237
 

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as I recall from working at napa, the FHP belts are all clearly marked on the package as FHP.

If it came in a "Blade Runner" package it should be okay, not a great belt but adequate. They seem to work well in light duty jobs like a tiller or snow blower, not great as deck belts (despite their name).
 
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