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Craftsman 22" 5hp problem

What's going on guys, here in New York we got nailed with a solid storm so I picked up a used craftsman 22" 5hp snowblower. Worked amazing all day, until the very end. I let it idle for a second while shoveled some snow off my path and I heard what sounded like a belt break free spin for a second and stall out. I pulled on the cord 2 times and it sounded like something was just spinning free with slight slaps, after 2 times the 3rd time the cord froze and wouldn't pull anymore. I'm not sure I believe the engine seized as the oil was great and it ran great all day so my question is could a belt have snapped and locked something up? The two pulls could have potentially wrapped up the belt on something and got it stuck? I'm not to familiar with these machines but do have some basic motor knowledge.
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I'm afraid I would expect the worst by the sounds of it.
You may be lucky so we'll cross our fingers with you.
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Unfortunately I do too. What's a rebuild cost on these?
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Can we assume it's a Tecumseh?
Take a close look at the side of the engine block under the gas tank. When you throw a rod on these often you will see damage on the right side of the engine. If you have electric start it may be under the starter.
They use the term "beyond economical repair".
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While you have the belt cover off looking for a miracle jammed belt, note if it has two shafts with pulleys or just one that the belts connect to.
A single shaft engine may be a candidate for an engine replacement with a inexpensive honda clone.
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Unfortunately I would have someone else do the rebuild as timing is tight for me right now. Gonna pull the spark plug out tomorrow and see if I can get some movement.
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I believe it's a Tecumseh
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Yes that is a Tecumseh. I've witnessed thrown rods on these when full of oil (though not often). I've also heard several times now of this occurring after working it hard and letting it idle for a cooldown. If anyone wants to explain that to me, I'm all ears.
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Exactly what I was hoping wasn't the problem. ****. Well the kid I bought it from has been more than helpful actually and his father is going to look at it. I paid 240 for it less than 24 hours ago so hopefully things work out
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