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Spirit Snowblower 8HP 27 inch starts and runs great auger blades engage whells do not engage machine can be pused but there is no power to the wheels?


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2011-10-19 21:42:28
2011-10-19 21:42:28

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Call me at 920-606-2425 and I will tell you what the prblem is if you don't understand ... the left lever on the machine moves the lever which you can see at the left on the bottom. The lever is welded to a shaft that has 2 forks that push a plate against a wheel that drives another shaft that drives the chain that drives the wheels. There is a strong likelihood that the lever, bottom left of machine, broke loose from the weld, so it can no longer engage the plate. It is a major repair and requires a knowledgeable mechanic to repair.

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Not sure about a snowblower, but I have a similar machine that requires the wheels to be locked onto the axle in order for the wheels to be run by the motor. On my machine, there are holes on the wheel hubs that match up to holes on the drive axle. A lockpin fits through the hub and axle holes to drive the wheels.

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chances are, you do have to either engage wheels by a lever, or there are drive pins that are sheered off, I bet drive pins....

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It may also be the drive belt. The auger runs off a seprate belt. You can puchase snow blower parts at any big name harware or check a local repair shop. With the snowblower off: remove the cover where the belts are located. Squeeze your drive lever and check to make sure it engages with a pulley by the belts and that there's a belt connected to that pulley. Good luck!

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I have a Spirit snowblower also, and have had the same problem. The auger and wheels are driven from separate belts/pulleys. The drive belt turns a friction plate that is constantly spinning and when the level is engaged it pulls the friction plate up against a rubber rimmed wheel that is on the axle of the drive wheels. This friction plate concept is how the speed are adjusted, as the 'gripping' wheel is slide across the friction wheel from the center to the edge. Your belt likely broke, as mine did. Lift the snowblower up so it rests on the front, exposing the back and underside. Four bolts hold the cover in place. Good Luck!

Make sure there is a bolt or click pin installed through the tire rims and drive axle, check to see if the belt is slipping or possibly you need to replace the friction disc located in the engine frame. Other components are powered by sprockets and chains, so check to see if the chains are aligned, and also you do not have any worn sprockets.

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possible broken auger belt, or one that has slipped off the pulley


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