now the auger isn’t turning. It’s about 8 years old and has always worked fine.
I checked the cable and it is fine, no breaks or where.
Any ideas?
Thanks,
Jim Bragg
Craftsman

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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. 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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If the cogged belt is worn out, misadjusted, or broken, the snowblower auger won`t turn. Inspect the cogged belt to determine if it is broken or worn out, and ensure that the belt is properly adjusted. If the belt is broken or worn out, replace it.
If your auger keeps turning when the engine is idling, the carburetor may need to be adjusted. The clutch controls the movement of the auger by engaging them when the engine has reached a set speed.
If one or both of the bearings have seized, the auger will have trouble turning. You should always lubricate the auger bearings as part of your regular snowblower maintenance to ensure the axle can turn easily, but you may need to replace the old bearings with new ones to fully solve the problem.
A dirty carburetor is the most common cause of a stalling snowblower engine when the auger is engaged. Cleaning the carburetor and fresh gas will fix the stalling.
On a cool grill, remove the grates, drip pan, heat baffle/shield, and hopper to see the auger parts. If the auger has pellets stuck inside the auger shaft and is not turning, it is most likely jammed.
Examine the Belts

One or more of the belts slipping off the pulleys can be the cause of a snowblower not throwing snow. If they can be put back around the pulleys snugly, that might be all it needs. But if the belts are stretched or broken, they absolutely need to be replaced.

If your engine runs but the auger doesn`t turn, a problem with the drive train is the most likely situation. Frequently, the issue can be traced back to the flexible shaft core. The best way to determine if the flex shaft is the issue is to inspect the core end fittings for cracks or breakage.
These components should all be touching the ground at the same time. If either the auger or wheels are not touching the ground, this means that the shave plate is adjusted too low and needs to be raised.

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My Craftsman 5.0 horsepower 5 speed forward, 2 speed reverse snowblower has a problem with the auger. After using it this morning working fine now the auger isn’t turning. It’s about 8 years old and has always worked fine.
I checked the cable and it is fine, no breaks or where.
Any ideas?
Thanks,
Jim Bragg
ANSWER : 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. 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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One side of auger working – Craftsman Snow Blower / Snowblower Bottom Cover :
ANSWER : If one side works and one side does not I would suggest There is a broken shear pin in the one side that doesn’t work. The pin is likely through the auger and goes through the drive shaft. Sounds like it could be missing.

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Auger will not engage – Craftsman 26" 208cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower
ANSWER : Check tension on the belts
check for broken belt

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How to take auger out of snowblower
ANSWER : This is easy job look at it , it will show you how it is done , just look good at it you do not need anything to do this couple of hand tools

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I have a craftsman snowblower model# 536886122..The drive doesn’t work. everything else works. went through deep snow in a high gear and it stalled when I started it back up it wouldn’t move
ANSWER : It has a sher pin that has sheard off look in the owners manual it will show you were its at when you got it it should have came with some

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Broken drive cable – Craftsman Snow Blower / Snowblower Bottom Cover :
ANSWER : Your question is , easy to change get a new on for your blower , go on youtube it is prob listed there

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My MTD 10hp auger will not turn. I adjusted the auger cable by tightening the bolt on the handle. I disconnected the spark plug and checked the shear pins on both sides of the auger. They are both still there. The snow thrower worked fine when I last used it in
April of 2010. The snow thrower starts, and goes in all gears in forward and reverse. Is there a separate belt to turn the augers?
Thank you
ANSWER : Yes there are 2 belts one for the drive and one for the auger. If you remove the cover on top that is located between the engine and the auger housing you can check the belts. The auger belt has come off the pulley or is broken. Hope this helps you out. Best regards and good luck.

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How to adjust the auger control
ANSWER : Most of the time there is either spring holes you move to get more tension on cable or there is a black casing on cable. Slide or unhook cable and adjust the threaded rod to make more tension on cable.

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