mtd snow blower, auger won't turn

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Old 01-18-11, 09:48 AM
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Unhappy mtd snow blower, auger won't turn

MTD snow blower
model 316e640f000

It will start up, idle, and go when I engage the traction drive. Once I engage the auger clutch the motor shuts off and the auger won't turn. The sheer bolts look to be okay. I took off the cover to see the pullies. Restart the motor and engage the auger again, there is smoke where the motor's pulley tries to turn the auger belts. I'm assuming something on the auger's side is stuck not allowing the auger pullies to spin with the belts/motor. After separating the auger from the motor, I use my hands to try to turn the auger but it won't turn. The auger and the auger pullies won't spin by hand. Maybe I'm not strong enough to give it sufficient torque? The next thing I can think of is to take the auger apart but I would like some insight or any suggestions before I do. Because I may be going the wrong direction. Any info/help is appreciated.
 
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Old 01-18-11, 11:49 AM
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Some thing is jamed between the impeller & the housing or the auger & the housing OR something broke in the gear box. The impeller pulley should turn very eazy with one finger.

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Old 01-18-11, 07:41 PM
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I'm thinking Ice in the bottom of the impeller housing..It's blocking the blades.. You're working on this in an UN-heated area,, Right???,, .Roger
 
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Old 01-19-11, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by aj-allen View Post
Some thing is jamed between the impeller & the housing or the auger & the housing OR something broke in the gear box. The impeller pulley should turn very eazy with one finger.

AJ
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I'm thinking Ice in the bottom of the impeller housing..It's blocking the blades.. You're working on this in an UN-heated area,, Right???,, .Roger
Yes, I'm working on it in an unheated area. From the sound of both your replies there may be something stuck in there keeping the blades to turn. Maybe ice or rocks. I have a gravel driveway, doh! I will check for this and update this thread.

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Old 01-26-11, 01:14 PM
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UPDATE: Well, I finally got around to working on the snowblower. Temps got up to the mid 20's this week. Anyway, there were nothing wrong with the auger itself. What was holding the auger from turning was ice. There were lots of ice behind the blades(?) that push the snow up out the chute(sp?). Basically froze the auger housing and the auger together. I separated the auger housing from the motor, took off the auger pullies and bang the area with the rubber mallet breaking the ice until the auger will spin.

Thanks hopkinsr2, aj-allen and doityourself.com.
 
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