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Transmission on snow blower-sears

I have an old two stage 53690512 -
The transmission will stall and not pull the blower in snow - Is their hyd fluid that I need to fill some place or is this a belt problem. I cannot see a fill hole for the transmission??? Why will it not go - the auger works fine.

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Most snow blowers are belt driven instead of hydraulic drive. it sound like the belt needs replaced.

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