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Auger won't turn.

I have a 1994 Ariens 920 two stage. The engine runs fine, but the auger will not engage and squeels when I try to engage it. There is nothing blocking it or stuck in either the first or second stage. Also I cannot trun either the auger or the second stage impeller.

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  • edw_burke Jan 12, 2009

    I tried that and nothing is stuck in the auger or impeller.

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huffman49
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SOURCE: Snow thrower is self propelled. was working fine then stalled

check the bearings in the auger sounds like the froze up and now they need to be replaced (the smoking you saw was from the belts slipping on the pullies)..good luck

Posted on Apr 14, 2010

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SOURCE: Craftsman zero turn - blades won't engage

The PTO switch contacts to operate the clutch that starts the blades is defective. I have replaced mine and the new one just failed again. Sears must know this is a defect problem but so far they are quiet about the problem

Posted on Nov 24, 2010

ToolBoxHero
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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!

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

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SOURCE: my 5hp 22 inchsnow blower

Could be the belt or more likely, a shear pin. I would lean toward a shear pin.

You don't mention the make so it is difficult to proceed.

Thanks for your interest today.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

vincob
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SOURCE: my 9hp sears snowblower doesnt through snow

Usually on the bottom of those there is a scraper plate on the bottom behind the auger this is made to wear out check to see if needs replacing.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011

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Auger Control
  • To check the adjustment of the auger control, push forward the left hand clutch grip until the rubber bumper is compressed. There should be slack in the clutch cable.
  • Release the clutch grip. The cable should be straight. Make certain you can depress the auger control grip against the left handle completely.
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