Changed auger belt, clutch didn't disengage for awhile - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
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Changed auger belt, clutch didn't disengage for awhile

Blower wasn't blowing. Turns out there was a broken shear pin, so replaced that. Main attachment (or auger) belt seemed kind of loose, so I replaced that, too.

Seemed to work fine. After a the first couple minutes, though, I realized that snow was still coming out even with the auger clutch disengaged. Which is obviously a dangerous situation. But after a few minutes, that stopped.

I figure the belt somehow had to get "broken in" or something, but I really don't know; it's possible there was something going on with the pulley that engages/disengages the attachment belt.

Is this something I need to check, or can I just say "all's well that ends well" given it only did it for the first 5-10 min? (I wouldn't be asking here except that that clutch not disengaging is a big safety worry.)
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First off, whether the clutch is engaged or not, never go near the augers or chute impeller if a machine is running, or even if it is off and clogged/jammed, as built up energy can still be under pressure on release/unjammed.

I have seen some belts real stiff, taking a run to work them in, but not taking 5 to 10 min for the auger to stop. I would make sure the idler pulley is properly working and adjusted properly. Make sure you have the right belt. Make sure the belt keepers/guides are properly set, and that the brake unit that is usually on the end of the bracket under spring tension when you apply the auger drive release is grabbing the pulley as intended, as many units have this brake feature.
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like oneacer said. have to remove belt cover to eyeball operations.

is the belt right size? even a half inch shorter can make a difference.

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