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Old 12-28-2010, 01:34 PM   #16
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When you engage the auger, how loose is the belt?

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:36 PM   #17
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it tightens up and engages that wheel, but as soon as it hits even a little snow, it just spins around the wheel and stops engaging it.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:58 PM   #18
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At this point, I believe that I would start removing some sheet metal, to see if some of that newspaper is wadded up in there where you can't see it. Could also be a seized gear box, or something like that, but since you said this began right after you sucked up the newspaper, I am more inclined to lean in that direction. It is very possible that it slowed the auger down enough initially to cause the snow to stall it, and that gave some of the paper to end up in a bad spot.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:20 PM   #19
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I just started the snowblower up again and it seems that when I press down the handle, the belt turns the auger and impeller, but as soon as it hits snow, the auger stops and the belt stops turning altogether. I hadn't started it in a while and I thought that I remembered the belt spinning still, but it stops turning. Also, I was having a hard time stopping the machine, it kept running and the only way to stop it was to keep screwing with the throttle until it shut off. Any idea why the belt would totally stop and/or why it won't shut off?
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just started the snowblower up again and it seems that when I press down the handle, the belt turns the auger and impeller, but as soon as it hits snow, the auger stops and the belt stops turning altogether.
Ayuh,... You need a New belt....
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Also, I was having a hard time stopping the machine, it kept running and the only way to stop it was to keep screwing with the throttle until it shut off.
The Ground is loose on the shut-down switch...
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #21
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I'm using a new belt. Do I need a smaller one? I read on another forum that it may be the 2nd stage impeller pins, that may be broken. It's too dark out to try anything now, but tomorrow I am going to see if I can find them. I have the thing in half, right now.
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Hello, I am having a problem with my snowblower and I was wondering if someone could maybe tell me what is wrong, before I call someone and pay them 60 bucks whether they can fix it or not. I was cleaning a neighbor's driveway last year when I sucked up his newspaper. I smelled something burning and just put the blower away. I tried to use it a few weeks later and it worked but then stopped. The auger turns and the impeller spins, but as soon as it hits any snow they stop. I checked the shear pins and they are ok. It is a Craftsman snowblower and it's about 13 years old. Any ideas as to what is happening? Thanks a lot.
Funny...the same thing happened to my Ariens last year. I plowed through a paper and saw shreds coming out and stopped it. I removed some paper here and there, but didn't clear it thoroughly enough. When I started the snow thrower again, some paper got caught in the impeller and stalled my machine. It was freezing outside and it was impossible to back the impeller up in order to remove the frozen paper. Luckily, I figured to try using a utility knife to cut out the shreds that were jamming the impeller, and it worked.
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Not necessarily, water will get between the shaft and auger and rust, making the shaft hard to turn by hand. Put a wrench on the bolt heads and see if the exposed threads turn.
That's probably why there are zerk fittings on the auger to decrease friction and proctect it from rust.

Speaking of which, what's the easiest way to reinstall a zerk fitting. I was greasing my fittings last year and one came out. I don't want to pull the entire auger out because I could accidentally compress the auger shaft too much and the axle won't fit back in.
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I just started the snowblower up again and it seems that when I press down the handle, the belt turns the auger and impeller, but as soon as it hits snow, the auger stops and the belt stops turning altogether. I hadn't started it in a while and I thought that I remembered the belt spinning still, but it stops turning. Also, I was having a hard time stopping the machine, it kept running and the only way to stop it was to keep screwing with the throttle until it shut off. Any idea why the belt would totally stop and/or why it won't shut off?
It's probably your transmission (clutch) slipping where you may need to replace the friction discs which do have rubber and could be what you smelled burning.

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Ok. Thanks. Do you know how much friction discs cost, about?
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Ok. Thanks. Do you know how much friction discs cost, about?
Looking at this manual (pg. 293+), it looks like the main cause is probably your belt slipping, not friction discs (which drive the snow thrower).

http://books.google.com/books?id=-bE...0auger&f=false

Since your belt is not tight...probably an issue with the idler pulley/clutch.

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I just started the snowblower up again and it seems that when I press down the handle, the belt turns the auger and impeller, but as soon as it hits snow, the auger stops and the belt stops turning altogether. I hadn't started it in a while and I thought that I remembered the belt spinning still, but it stops turning. Also, I was having a hard time stopping the machine, it kept running and the only way to stop it was to keep screwing with the throttle until it shut off. Any idea why the belt would totally stop and/or why it won't shut off?
Does the engine bog down when you hit snow, or does it keep running at full speed?

If the engine keeps running at full throttle, I'd sure think that your belt simply isn't tight enough when engaged.
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The engine seems to be running at the same speed, it's just that the wheel with the belt and auger stops turning as soon as it hits snow. Can I rule out the problem being the 2nd stage impeller pins? I don't even know if my machine has those. Should I get a shorter belt and try that? Like I said, it's the same size as the one that worked. The wheel with the belt on it is very hard to turn. Is this normal?
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The engine seems to be running at the same speed, it's just that the wheel with the belt and auger stops turning as soon as it hits snow. Can I rule out the problem being the 2nd stage impeller pins? I don't even know if my machine has those. Should I get a shorter belt and try that? Like I said, it's the same size as the one that worked. The wheel with the belt on it is very hard to turn. Is this normal?
When you say "wheel" I assume you mean "pulley."

And when you say the pulley stops turning, which pulley are you talking about?

If it's the pulley attached to the engine, then you have somehow either lost or split the key stock. There will be about a 3/16th inch square groove in both the drive shaft off the engine, and pulley attached to it. The little square thing that goes in there is the key stock. Check that.
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When the mechanism stops when it hits snow, which wheels and pulleys (closer to the engine) keep turning and which wheels and pulleys (closer to the auger) stop turning?

Does the belt itself keep rolling or does it stop?

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