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Broken off shear bolt stuck in snowblower

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I have an MTD snowblower with only the right side turning. The left side has a broken shear bolt. I bought a replacement bolt, but can't get the shaft of the old bolt out - have tried using a hammer and a screwdriver to tap it out...

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    My blade sheared a bolt. Now the blade is sideways stuck in the deck

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Hit the pin out with a punch and a hammer after drilling off any part of the pin that might be impeding your progress. you might also have to put some juice into your swings because a nail is too soft

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The auger clutch control up at the handle looks like this:
25398197-u3i4ko1tk2s0xlbbi4fvvtzj-2-2.png From my manual
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Here's another view of that:
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