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Auger on my snow blower won't turn.

I have replaced the auger belt and adjusted the tension on the belt. This did not fix the problem. The engine is solid, starts on first pull, but the auger won't turn. I don't know now if it is the shear pin or the pulley under the engine.

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First take a look at the shear pins they will be located on the augers going thru the auger and auger shaft, if they look ok then you need to take the belt off, with the belt off try to turn the im peller by hand. If the impeller does not turn then you need to look to see if something is stuck in the impeller or in the auger. If nothing is stuck in between anything then I would have to say it's going to be the gear box. If the impeller turns then look to see if the auger is turning also while turning the impeller. If the auger doesn't turn then it's probably the gear box. If it does turn then you have an issue at the pulleys

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1. Disconnect spark plug wire and fasten it away from
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2. Remove belt cover. (Located in back of the discharge shute).
3. Pull the traction drive belt idler pulley arm (See
Figure 24) away from the belt to relieve tension, and
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4. Slip the belt off from around the traction pulley (See
Figure 29) and pull the belt out of the unit between
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5. Reverse the procedure to install the new belt. Be
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6. Replace the belt cover.
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