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Old Yesterday, 01:57 PM   #1
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Any small engine people? Snow blower locked up.


Started it up (it sat outside all winter under a tarp) and it ran for about 2 minutes but while throwing some snow it just seized up. Pull start wont budge. I took off electric start and that's not it. I took spark plug out and it looks fine. Has oil, has gas. Any thoughts?


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Any possibility that it picked up a stone, stick or something in those two minutes? Disconnect the belt(s), to see if it's the engine or auger that is stuck.

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Ayuh,.... Hard to tell in the video, but it looks terminal enough to pull the motor off, 'n either dig into it, or slap on a new one,....
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Any small engine people? Snow blower locked up.


Check the blower shaft.

Some shear pins are on the 1st stage, some are on the 2nd.
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There is an obstruction somewhere in the blower is my guess from watching the video.

If the motor seized, it wouldn't turn that much.
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Ayuh,.... The belts look loose on the pulley, therefor, the Motor is the problem, not the blower, I believe,.....
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Here's another when the electric start back on: It spun a little more but then quickly stopped again.

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Ayuh,... Are the belts loose on the drive pulley,..??

If so, the motor is broken, Badly,....
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Can you pull the belts?
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You should be able to turn the motor over even with the belts attached, the belts should be loose, when they are engaged the blower turns.


Take the spark plug out and try and manually turn the blower. If it turns then leave the plug out and try to "start" the engine.


Drain the oil and look for metal, flakes or chunks.
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Please check the blower for obstruction as well. That looks like an Ariens but on some units, the clutch can bind up and link the crank (via belt) directly to the impeller. If that is the case, it will appear to be bound up like this if it was obstructed.

Usually...an engine failure/seizure is preceded by some gnarly noises or poor running.
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Soo....after I paid a guy $75 to plow my driveway I come in, push the button and it moves. Put it back together and just used it for 15 minutes no issues.

Well,I guess I should be happy it's fixed but I just waste money and time from what I can gather was just some frozen parts? How can I snow blower freeze?! I parked the beast in my house for the night so it works tomorrow, is there a trick or something to parking the thing after using it?
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Any small engine people? Snow blower locked up.


I spray mine chute and housing down with WD40. Seems odd but glad it works!

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