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My auger stops rotating with heavy snow loads. It sounds as tho a clutch is slipping. I tried to tighten up on the spring in the control cable, but that did not help.What do I adjust next?

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The most common cause of this is the drive belt is worn. If you remove the cover in the middle of the snow thrower and look at the belt farthest from the motor. This is the auger/blower drive belt.
With the engine not running, have someone depress the auger lever and check the belt. You should only be able to depress the long side 1/2 inch or less. More than that the belt has stretched and needs to be replaced. On some older blowers you can adjust the tension pulley, but most made in the last 15 years, you can't.
I didn't see what make and model this blower was but:
If this is a craftsman you can get parts through searspartsdirect.com. With other makes you can get parts through jackssmallengines.com
Feel free to ask any other questions. I know Craftsman Snow Blowers. Please remember to rate this answer!

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

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Auger Control
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