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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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