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Ariens Model-926002 changed impeller belt, still squeals when engaging....

I have an Ariens Model 926002- 11528LE snowblower. Awesome, powerful machine. Here's the problem/question... Whenever the machine enters heavy wet, end of the driveway snow where the street plows put snow, the impeller belt squeals pretty bad. So I thought... why not replace the belt, I haven't changed it for like 6 years so I bought a new Sterns 07200623 Impeller Belt. So I ripped apart the snowblower, replaced the impeller belt but I'm still getting the initial squeal when engaging the auger/impeller. Any thoughts on the noise I'm getting? I was thinking maybe I didn't have to change the belt but it doesn't hurt. Thanks guys! Great Forum.
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Most belts squeal because they are loose. Check the idler pulley and spring, and check to see if the pulleys are aligned.
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Lubricate the idler pulley, maybe that is causing the noise. I'd also measure the Stens belt to ensure it's the same length as the original. You may want to lightly sand the pulley.
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There is always going to be some noise when you engage the belt. because you are going from zero to 3000 some odd rpms in less than a New York minute. anyhoo ALOHA from the paradise city.

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The belt slipping was a problem on the 926 series and Ariens produces a kit to modify the machine to dual auger drive belts. They also had problems with water seeping past the belt cover and have a kit for that as well.
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[QUOTE=POWERSHIFT93;1188426]There is always going to be some noise when you engage the belt. because you are going from zero to 3000 some odd rpms in less than a New York minute. [/QUOTE]

I guess I'm going to have to challenge you on this one. I have been using snowblowers for several decades, and I have NEVER had a single snowblower belt make any noise in all of those years.

One possibility for OPs noise could be a bearing, but since OP just replaced the belt, I would guess that it is more likely caused by the new belt being a bit loose and adjustment will quiet it down to being as quiet as my belts.

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Wow, these are all great suggestions. The pulley slot has three positions. One position makes the auger spin all the time regardless of me engaging it so I know that is not the right hole. So I ran the pulley bolt through the center hole. I used a heavy duty crayon on the belt and pulley to see if the noise would go away. It didn't... SO... I tried spraying a bit of belt dressing on the lower large pulley that the impeller belt goes onto, maybe the impeller pulley , anyway, when doing that the noise of the belt squealing at engagement, went away. However, a short time after the dressing wore off the initial belt squeal came right back again. I lubricated everything, checked the areas mentioned in the above replies to my forum, however I can't seem to figure it out. Regardless of the previous belt that was on there, I have the owners manual which clearly states what belt needs to go on there so I don't believe I have the wrong size belt as the previous belt made the same initial start up noise and engagement. I will research the kit someone suggested.... I have a feeling the modified kit resolves this issue, an older MTD blower I had years ago had 2 auger/impeller belts... not one as this Ariens does. Poor design in my opinion, otherwise machine is a beast, heavy as **** to muscle around too!! Thanks to all!!
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What do you mean pulleys are aligned?
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What do you mean pulleys are aligned?
The two pulleys are in the same plane, so when the idler pulley applies some tension on the belt, it lines up straight from one pulley to the other - i.e. no bend in the belt.
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I would like to add that when I put the bolt through one of the three positions of the pulley, this is the tightest position where even when I didn't engage the auger the auger was spinning, there was no squeal so what Im trying to say is the only way to get rid of the squeal is to position the pulley in a dangerous position where the auger always spins. Nightmare. Does that make sense?
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