Originally Posted by Shryp
Are you using proper belts? Belts designed for a snow blower are different than generic belts at an auto parts store. You need heavy duty kevlar cord belts.
Also, there was an upgrade available for some models to upgrade from a single belt to dual belts for the auger. That could help you. Snowmann would be the one to tell you if it is available for your blower or not.
Ariens #526025: 8.5-11.5 Belt Improvement Kit
If one section of your belt is worn significantly and there are shavings everywhere it sounds like your belt is slipping on the engine pulley. Either it needs tightened or you need to stop holding the auger lever down with the impeller frozen.
Frozen Snowblower Auger = Wrecked Belt - YouTube
That guy makes some good videos! I've seen a bunch of his videos in the past. That is pretty much what my belt looks like - thin in one section and all cracked underneath. I could SWEAR that the auger is never jammed when I am using it. Last year, the last time I used it for the season, it was barely throwing the snow and then the belt died (I replaced the belt) and probably tomorrow in the North-east all snowblowers will be out and in operation. I tested mine today, changed oil, put new shear bolts on. Auger is running good, let's see how it goes tomorrow.
I checked into that Ariens belt modify kit and it looks like it only goes up to 11.5 hp models. Mine is a 13 hp model so I'm not sure if that would work or if there is another Ariens kit. If there is such a kit for the larger models and it would help - I would definitely purchase that.
I am wondering if anything else could be "out of alignment" or anything.
Thanks for your help!