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Snowblower moves, then stops - couple of jerks makes it move again

So I got a nearly brand new snowblower of local classifieds, Craftsman C950-52126-0, 14.5 TP, 27" - Dual Stage. Guy basically sold it because it wasn't "running" and just fed up with it.

The unit looks new, I think it might have been used a handful of times by the condition of it. The issue the unit has it starts perfectly, put in in gear it moves forward/backward as supposed. Then randomly stops, jerking the unit a bit it moves again. It moves in every gear selected when it does want to move.

Now this unit from my research has one of these general transmissions which everyone says is junk and fairly expensive to replace ($300+). Now my understanding if these units fail the snowblower will not move at all, but my issue is not like that at all since the unit does actually move and in fact in every gear.

Any idea what could be causing this intermittent moving problem? I inspected the drive belt and it looks in great shape (like I said, unit was barely used).

Any help and input is greatly appreciated!
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That model comes up as a 2011 Murrey made machine, Have not had to deal with the transmission so can't really help there but seems parts are available.

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I guess you now know why it was for sale. Assuming it has cables for the auger and drive linkages, I would adjust the drive linkage at the base of the chassis.

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That model comes up as a 2011 Murrey made machine, Have not had to deal with the transmission so can't really help there but seems parts are available.
Thanks for the info, but i was able to found this sort of info also from;
https://www.partstree.com/parts/murr...on-h2-1733972/

But I am looking to see if i can find out what the issue might be, and avoid just replacing a transmission for nothing.

Oh i was totally aware of that it had a issue of sorts, but from the guys explanation it sounded like a drive belt issue or perhaps friction disc until I started looking deeper and found this doesn't even have that.

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Not familiar with it, how about some pictures of the internals, might help.
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Possibly the drive gear shafts need greasing and are seizing a bit?
Just a thought.

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Looks like a full transmission. Break out the tool box

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Sorry to hear of the issue. Have you tried to contact GT Transmissions? I imagine it is out of warranty, this is the same company that manufactures Ariens Auto-Turn unit (DI300). Unfortunately you are likely looking at a full replacement and not a rebuild. You may have watched this already while doing your research but Donyboy as always sums it up pretty well. Beware of these they are also used on some Simplicity models as well.


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Sorry to hear of the issue. Have you tried to contact GT Transmissions? I imagine it is out of warranty, this is the same company that manufactures Ariens Auto-Turn unit (DI300). Unfortunately you are likely looking at a full replacement and nit a rebuild. You may have watched this already while doing your research but Donyboy as always sums it up pretty well. Beware of these they are also used on some Simplicity models as well.

https://youtu.be/8SWmQFtM8SY
Yes I saw that video as well, and thats why I was like well my issue isn't quite like that. According to the research I've done when the transmission fails the unit can't be shifted at all, it won't move at all.

Mine shifts no issues, and it moves - sometimes.
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I have the General Transmission CVT on several Ariens lawn tractors in my junk pile. After just a hundred hours or less the fully plastic transmission craps the bed....and costs more to fix then the tractor cost new. I wouldn't want to own anything made with those plastic trannies.
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