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Engine Dies When Auger Engaged

Thanks for your reply. The auger does turn but then the engine starts to die and have to release on the handle for the auger to keep it running. We have tried this on full throttle. It ran for the first heavy snow we had and we were able to complete the drive but then it started to sputter and die.

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Check your belts or the bearing on the drive shaft for wear

Posted on Mar 03, 2013

  • kirk warnica Mar 03, 2013

    also drain all the gas start fresh pull the spark plug out make sure its clean and dry

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Bough Sno-Tek 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower - under 2 feet of snow and engine dies when Auger is enagaged! Hope someone can help.

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