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What did I break? Auger and impeller won't engage

So I went to throw the lever on my 72-73 Ariens today to clear the snow from my driveway and nothing happened... looks like the drive for the impeller and auger won't engage... what did I break?

Lever unengaged


Auger lever engaged...




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How about posting the model number of your Ariens ??

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Thanks for the reply it is 910008...

Older Ariens won't blow snow

Based on this looks like I broke a roll pin or cotter pin... does that seem right? How much of a pain are they to change?
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Any chance you have the same problem as this guy?

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ger-issue.html

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hard to tell by pic.. but looks like the two cog's are not engauged? did the cog that slides on spline impellor shaft get rusted in place? Did the 'U' shape fork that engages it get bent or break?
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Any chance you have the same problem as this guy?

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ger-issue.html
Looks like I have the same if not similar... looking at the manual it is either the spring stuck or I snapped a cotter pin or roll pin. I will hit it with some kroil and a hammer and see how that goes.

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hard to tell by pic.. but looks like the two cog's are not engauged? did the cog that slides on spline impellor shaft get rusted in place? Did the 'U' shape fork that engages it get bent or break?
Yeah the jaw clutch isn't moving. The impeller moves by hand. I think the clutch fork is stuck either by broken parts or a stuck spring.

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clutch fork..

I have seen where it was rusted on shaft from lack of grease.. more stiff than rusted solid though. I'd lube the whole area down there with PB blaster or the likes, let it sit couple hours and then try to move with a long leverage of some kind. The spring broke shouldn't keep it from engaging or moving.. may be wrong on that but visioning in my mind can't see how it would.
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I have seen where it was rusted on shaft from lack of grease.. more stiff than rusted solid though. I'd lube the whole area down there with PB blaster or the likes, let it sit couple hours and then try to move with a long leverage of some kind. The spring broke shouldn't keep it from engaging or moving.. may be wrong on that but visioning in my mind can't see how it would.
Its worth a shot, I mean this thing is 13 years older than I am.

I might just take the whole auger/blower side of snow blower off just to get a better look at everything. Looks like it is just 3-4 bolts holding it on.
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Well good news (especially with 10 inches of snow on the way), the jaw clutch released last night after being sprayed down with some kroil and a tap with a punch and dead blow it released.

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glad to hear- get that area and in the cog cut-outs greased good and the spline shaft under spring too. I use too spray whole area with spray lithium grease after covering as much of that area I could with grease too. Be careful of pulley/belts though.
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