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Craftsman snowblower Augers won't turn

I have a 12 year old Craftsman snowblower with an engine that runs like a charm. When engaging the augers, the belt wheels will turn except for the bottom wheel. This forces the auger not to turn and it cuts the engine off. I've tightened the belt etc. Any idea before I have to pay to ahve it fixed? Thanks.

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  • sweetlew_50 Jan 05, 2009

    thank you

  • sweetlew_50 Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you so much I did find something lodged in the impeller...it was so small I could not see it with the snow and ice on it...the blower worked like a charm on Saturday. Thanks Tripps!!!!!!

  • Mark Tripp
    Mark Tripp May 11, 2010

    Take the belt off then try to turn the impeller by hand. If it does not turn by hand then check to see if anything is lodged into the impeller, if there is nothing stuck anywhere then i'm pretty sure it's your gear box (which is pretty easy to replace on your own). If it turns out to bee the gear box I can talk you through it if you like.

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If the blower (impeller) turns and the auger doesn't there is a 90% chance you broke the shear bolts that protect the auger gear box.
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Look at your auger and you will find the bolts shown at the arrows in this picture are missing. Some snowthrowers will have two bolts and others like the new Craftsman will have four.
You can get new ones at your local mower repair shop, your local Sears mall store, or online at sears.com.
Use shear pins or shear bolts not regular bolts. The shear bolts are designed to break off so you don't tear out the front gear box.
Feel free to ask any other questions. Don't forget to rate this answer!

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Try 581264 Murray.

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