How To Install The Torsion Spring In An Ariens Snow Blower
Credit for this post goes to Arien Snow blower user.
I have an Ariens 926LE that I purchased a Quick Turn Chute Rotation Update Kit (52609100). I installed all of the pieces of the kit but could not get the locking arm (00180900) to be forced into the chute gear locking teeth. I believe the issue is with the torsion spring. The somewhat oversimplified directions said to follow the orientation of the original setup. I thought I did that, but the chute still does not work. It will rotate left to right and back, but it won’t lock into place. Other than simple orientation of the spring inside the locking arm is there some other installation step/trick of the torsion spring (or other hardware) to get the locking arm to force into the chute gear?
Even though this is a commonly stated problem, all Ariens related manuals (and their Support Line)were useless in this regard.
I came across your post looking for the same answer myself. After trying a few more times, I figured out how to properly install the torsion spring with the locking arm.
I’ve attached some pictures that should help to show how the spring should be orientated, and the hole in the front where the lower spring arm sits in (which gives the tension on the locking arm which forces it into the gear teeth.
It was difficult to get the lower torsion spring arm/peg into the hole. I was able to do it with a micro screwdriver- you basically need something long and small to reach in and set the lower spring arm/peg in the hole.
Hope the screen shots help.