Toro Snowthrower 624 Starter
There sure are a lot of snowblower questions todayÃ¢ÂÂ¦.
Here in central Massachusetts, weÃ¢ÂÂve got three feet of snow on the ground, and itÃ¢ÂÂs snowing like crazy now; weÃ¢ÂÂre expecting another two feet by the end of tomorrow.
And of course, the snowblowerÃ¢ÂÂs acting up. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a Toro 624, c. 1990. You can look at the manual here, if you like: (Model 38065, serial number 0000524, Tecumseh engine Model No. H60-75503x).
There are two issues, which I believe are not related.
1. ItÃ¢ÂÂs been clogging with snow a lot more than usual, which I suspect has to do with advanced age and rust. I decided to take it into my basement, to let all the ice melt off of it, which is what itÃ¢ÂÂs doing now. I rubbed some wax on the rusty inside of the chute. IÃ¢ÂÂm half-heartedly hoping that this will improve things. But I noticed a weird thing, while itÃ¢ÂÂs been sitting here. I can manually turn the impeller but not the auger. Does anyone know if this is normal? I thought I read somewhere that I should be able to turn the auger. Note that I took a look at the belts, and while they are definitely not new, they donÃ¢ÂÂt seem to be slipping and donÃ¢ÂÂt seem obviously frayed, etc. I can turn the belts and turn the auger and impeller; I just canÃ¢ÂÂt move the auger manually. Here are the belts.
2. More alarmingly, suddenly when I pull the starter cord, it seems to be not connecting with the flywheel. The cord springs back, but itÃ¢ÂÂs not connecting to the engine. A mounting screw has gone missing on the starter, and another was loose, but comparing the innards to the parts diagrams (also at the above link), I donÃ¢ÂÂt notice anything obviously missing inside. That said, IÃ¢ÂÂm not great at reading parts diagrams. IÃ¢ÂÂve linked to two photos. Does anyone notice anything amiss, or have other ideas?
Hopefully, the auger thing is nothing and the electric starter will get me through tomorrow. While weÃ¢ÂÂre this snowed in, thereÃ¢ÂÂs no way to get the machine to the repair shop.... Your feedback is greatly appreciated.