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Snowblower Auger Not Turning

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Snowblower auger not turning are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Snowblower auger not turning

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Cause 1Cogged Belt

The cogged belt makes the connection between the engine and the gearbox. 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.

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Cause 2V-Belt

The V-belt makes the connection between the engine and the gearbox. If the V-belt is worn out, misadjusted, or broken, the auger won’t turn. Inspect the V-belt to determine if it is broken or worn out. If the belt is broken or worn out, replace it. If the belt is not broken or worn out, ensure that the belt is properly adjusted, and adjust the belt if necessary.

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Cause 3Shear Bolt and Nut

The shear bolt is a metal bolt that slides through the auger axle sleeve, locking the sleeve in place with the auger drive axle. Shear bolts are designed to break in half if the auger hits a rock or chunk of ice to prevent damage to the engine. If the shear bolt breaks, the auger won’t be able to turn. Inspect the shear bolt to determine if it is broken. If the shear bolt is broken, replace it.

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Cause 4Shear Pin

The shear pin is a metal pin that slides through the auger axle sleeve, locking the sleeve in place with the auger drive axle. Shear pins are designed to break in half if the auger hits a rock or chunk of ice to prevent damage to the engine. If the shear pin breaks, the auger won’t be able to turn. Inspect the shear pin to determine if it is broken. If the shear pin is broken, replace it.

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Cause 5Shear Bolt

The shear bolt is a metal bolt that slides through the auger axle sleeve, locking the sleeve in place with the auger drive axle. Shear bolts are designed to break in half if the auger hits a rock or chunk of ice to prevent damage to the engine. If the shear bolt breaks, the auger won’t be able to turn. Inspect the shear bolt to determine if it is broken. If the shear bolt is broken, replace it.

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Cause 6Auger Assembly

First, check the shear pins for damage. If the shear pins are broken or worn out, replace them. Next, check the auger blades. If the auger blades are bent or damaged, replace them. If the entire auger assembly is worn out, replace the auger assembly.

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Cause 7Bearing

One or more of the bearings might have seized. If a bearing has seized, replace the bearing.

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Cause 8Gearbox

The gearbox might have failed. The gearbox is located between the two halves of the auger. The gearbox has three shafts: one shaft connects to the drive system, and the other two shafts power the two halves of the auger. If the drive system is powering the main shaft and the shear pins are intact, but the two auger shafts aren’t rotating, replace the gearbox.

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Cause 9Auger Cable

When the auger cable is engaged, the auger rotates. If the auger cable broken or not adjusted properly, the auger will not turn. Inspect the auger cable to determine if it is broken. If the auger cable is broken, replace it. Make sure that the cable has the proper amount of tension. If the cable can be adjusted, adjust the cable if necessary. If the cable tension is not set properly, and it is not possible to adjust the cable, replace it.

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