Snapper Snow Blower Repair

bobjrmdDecember 26, 2009

I own a Snapper I 524. During the last snow storm the blades stopped turning. I tried adjusting the belt tension and that didn't work. I then replaced both the drive and auger belts. Again no success. Is it possible that it might be something to do with the gear box between the two blades and the auger?

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baymee(LehighValleyPA)

Did you check to see if the sheer pins were broken? Can you spin the augers with your hand?

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 10:14PM
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bobjrmd

I checked the sheer pins and they are in tact. Blades do not spin freely, however auger will engage.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 7:34PM
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tomplum

If you are saying that the front augers are secured to the shaft and the rear impeller turns under power with no action on the front auger- that points to your gear box yes. What baymee may have been suggesting is to try spinning 1 auger freely from the other. Sometimes pins will shear and appear intact. None the less, turning the auger should spin the impeller. Obviously tests are done w/ the machine off.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 8:18PM
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bobjrmd

Tom, thanks so much for the response. I will double check the shear pins again, believe me I wish it was that. Assuming it is not, right now I cannot turn the blades freely. If it is the gear box how difficult is that to replace? I am willing to try anything at this point.

Thx,

Bob

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 11:00AM
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tomplum

"If it is the gear box how difficult is that to replace?" In can be challenging. Normally you will split the machine, remove the impeller pulley (which can be difficult due to just etc) and bring the whole works out the front. Many gear boxes are serviceable in which you can replace the gear set, bearings, seals etc.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 11:53AM
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bobjrmd

I will give it a shot...thanks for your assistance.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 3:49PM
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dzastrgb8_aol_com

I have a model I-524 and the belt is very loose, assuming it has stretched, are the belts easy to replace?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 1:12PM
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tomplum

If there is sufficient room to pull the belt through in between the drive and augar pulleys, they go pretty easy. There may also be adjustments in the handle controls as well. Snapper.com will many times have the owners manuals online which should give you the steps if needed.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2010 at 10:21PM
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ewalk

Glenn: If you are normally just a little mechanically inclined you will be capable of a belt change-out with a little patience . As Tom has suggest you may wish to check out the Snapper web site for their illustrative information . Sometimes the replacement is a little tougher than the removal . Take of the top belt cover and visualize the belt routing and then loosen the belt tension-er and r&r the belt. I usually index the adjuster bolt location to ensure more or less same tension position with the new belt . Let us know how it goes Bro ! :)

P.S. You may wish to lubricate the chain drive and grease points during this routine maitenance period . Be careful not to get chain lube or grease on the pulleys or friction disc . A little goes a long ways .

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 11:42AM
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pullenp64_yahoo_com

i have a snow blower that wont shift out of reverse any suggestions

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 9:06AM
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ewalk

Pete : remove the belly pan inspection plate (4-6 capscrews) and inspect the shifter rod assembly it may have disconnected .

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 11:50AM
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YellowstoneYeti

I have a Snapper/Simplicity I75246E snowblower. I was using it today and the auger drive belt came off. When I went to put the belt back on the pulley, I noticed that there was about 1/2" of play in the pulley. By this, I mean that I can move the whole assembly (pulley, impeller, and shaft to auger gear box) back to front horizontally a good 1/2". The worm shaft actually slides in/out of the auger gear box. All of the bolts seem to be tight. The belt/pulley has worn a small groove in the plastic belt cover, so I'm assuming that something is worn or broken. The impeller/auger still works, just seems to have excessive play. Any suggestions on what parts or adjustments I should be looking at? Sorry if my terminology and descriptions are confusing. I'm mechanically inclined, but have very limited experience with snowblowers. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 12:29AM
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