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Old 04-24-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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Removing Auger Belt


Hi all,

I attempted to replace the auger belt on my Snapper/Simplicity model I75246E, and was unable to remove the old belt... There is a small space between the drive shaft and the auger pulley, but it is only about half the thickness of the belt--and that's after I'm pulling up on the drive pulley to increase the space as much as I can!

There must be a trick to this but I can't figure out what it is! The operator's manual is no help, and neither is customer support at Simplicity...


I can post a pic if that would be helpful, but I'm not sure there's much to see...


Can anyone help? I'd hate to spend hundreds of dollars (including pickup and delivery) on what should be a simple and inexpensive repair!

Thanks!!!
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Here's what the manual says.

Maybe step 5? I don't have one so no idea what it looks like.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response... Perhaps I should have mentioned that I did do that... Both levers were clamped down. Still, not even close to enough clearance... :/
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Thanks for the response... Perhaps I should have mentioned that I did do that... Both levers were clamped down. Still, not even close to enough clearance... :/
Post a few photos.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:23 PM   #5
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Post a few photos.

Here's the view from the bottom... The green arrow shows the gap... May be hard to tell from the photo, but it's about half the size of the width of the belt. (The auger belt is the one off the pulley, towards the bottom of the photo.)


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Here's the view from the bottom... The green arrow shows the gap... May be hard to tell from the photo, but it's about half the size of the width of the belt. (The auger belt is the one off the pulley, towards the bottom of the photo.)



Are the pulleys lined up as they should be, can you loosen a set screw an move a pulley a little?
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Are the pulleys lined up as they should be, can you loosen a set screw an move a pulley a little?

That's an interesting thought... Perhaps they're not where they should be... I'll take another look this weekend and see if I can loosen and move one or both of the pulleys… Thanks for the idea, and I'll let you know how I make out!
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Is it like this where the drive pulley will move.
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Is it like this where the drive pulley will move.

It's very similar, but the drive pulley doesn't move up enough to provide adequate clearance...


Thanks for the video!
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Hey guys,


Just to let you know how I made out--and in case this helps anyone else...


I ended up detaching the auger housing, which opened up the gap so that I could pass the belt through... (According to the operator's manual, I should not have had to do this, but perhaps there's something not quite right with how my machine was assembled...)


Anyway, everything seems good to go, but the real test will be when I have some snow to throw! Thanks again, everyone, for your suggestions!
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