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Auger frozen Ariens 5520 lightly used, about 4 years old. The engine starts easily, but auger would not turn when the clutch was pulled in. I kept the clutch engaged long enough to smoke it. I never checked the lubricant level in the auger gearcase. I have a feeling the gears in the gearcase were frozen, or possibly the shaft. I remember seeing some lubricant leakage under the machine when it was relatively new. I think it may have been the gearcase lubricant, which means I used the machine a few times low on lubricant. Now there is a grinding, unhealthy sound when I pull in the auger clutch lever at the handle, and the auger remains frozen. By the way, the machine had not been used this season, and there was no water or ice buildup. How should I proceed to diagnose, and what would be the solutions? I Have some experience repairing motorcycles and cars. Thanks, Tony Gagliardi, Huntington station, NY

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  • drtonyg Jan 11, 2009

    Thank you to trippssmengi and mrfixit-jerr. Turns ot that the auger of my Ariens Snowthrower was stuck by a stone which had lodged itself between the "fan" , which is behind the auger, and the housing. The smoking was from the rubber belt. This fix involved simply dislodging the stone!

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  • Mark Tripp
    Mark Tripp May 11, 2010

    With the belt off try to turn the impeller by hand, if it does not turn then you will have to take the mahine apart to check inside the gear box.If it is the gears it will be easier to get the whole gear box assembly which includes the gear box, auger shaft and probably the worm shaft. If you go to www.ariens.com you can get a complete breakdown fo your machine which will help in getting the machine apert and back together.

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my auger and impeller froze too. fixed by clearing all snow, ice,stone build up behind impeller it works fine now.. hope that helps

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