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Poulan self-prop lawn mower Model 944.383310, ser. #
Poulan self-prop lawn mower Model###-##-#### ***** # ***** The third yr after purchase I discovered with front drive : Left steel driving gear teeth engage into plastic / driven wheel teeth about only 1/4" ,damaging the wheel. Plastic teeth are torn out, consequently left wheel is not driven. The right side steel driving gear is engaging about 1/2" , the right wheel is driven and ok. Therefore, I would have to replace left wheel every two or three years or drive it on one side only. I contacted two service shops , but they do not know what to do with it. Please advise how to fix and correct the problem. Thank you.***@******.***
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It sounds like the bracket that the wheel is mounted on is bent in such a way that it is pulling the wheel away from the pinion or drive gear.
I am not thinking that you hit something, I was thinking that it was bent from the very beginning most likely during shipping. It is possible that there could be a manufacturing issue but I have not seen this to be a major problem and if it were in manufacturing it would be on every machine that is built not just one or two. If the axle moves to one side or the other it would in fact shorten the opposite side so you are correct in that thought.
I just checked everything again. Nothing is bend. The bracket is strong , made from 1/8' steel plate. If bend I would certainly see it. Now I made something not professional , more less Mickey mouse adjustment. I removed one washer from short axle/ pin which is carrying the plastic wheel. This brings the plastic wheel for about 1/8" deeper into the teeth of driving gear. It is still not enough like the other side, but better, and hopefully the wheel will last longer. Further there are two rubber O rings , but if removed it will not work , because it will bring the wheel in contact with dust cover wheel, therefore causing another damage. Please do not take me wrong. If you do not know any better solution, and because you didn't give me any satisfactory solution, I believe that as per advertisement " Satisfaction guaranteed " you should not charge my Visa. If you did, please provide credit. Please confirm by email at***@******.***. Thank you. Any way thank you for your effort. Yours Milan G
I do not have control over charges to your card, however I will forward your request to a moderator who can help you with that.
I am sorry that there is no better solution and removing items from the machine that were designed to be there is not a correct fix. I still believe that there is something bent or warped on the machine that is causing your problem. If it were a washer problem, why would the manufacture put it there to start with.
I have forwarded your request to a moderator who will be getting back in touch with you soon.