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Unhappy need some help with troy-bilt 8.5 26" storm

I have a troy-bilt 8.5 26" storm blower model 31as6gn3711
It has worked pretty good all season other than a carburetor reeving issue but still did job well all season...I had brought machine up about 2 steps onto a deck that i have and within 2 minutes it stalled out i first thought i ran out of gas but that's not the case and when i tried to restart it with electric it just made a humming noise so i tried to pull start it and the pull cord wont budge at all ....so i am at a loss to what it could be and i hope someone on here can help me:confused
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Sounds like something locked up.

Did you tip it pretty far with the engine running?
That could starve the engine for oil.

Did you tip it pretty far with the engine off?
This could cause a hydrolock from excessive fuel or oil in the cylinder. You could check for that by removing the spark plug and then turning it off. Put a rag over the hole, because if there is some liquid in there it will squirt everywhere.

Did you slam it at all bouncing around on the steps?
That could have bent something.

Maybe a good first step would be to remove the belt cover and disconnect the belts. This will narrow down your issue to either the engine or the drive train.

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When was the last time you checked the oil level?
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Pull the spark plug and see if it will turn over by hand. If not, pull the starter off and try it again as the starter might be jammed.

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It was running when i used reverse up two steps and i kept it pretty level ..i was tilted alittle back but for two seconds and then i put in in forward and moved like 10 feet and i stopped to pick up something and the blower stalled out and like you said its like something froze up because electric is humming and pull start won't budge either and oil is good
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and i pulled plug and no oil or gas in there so im lost
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Yea, from what you are saying I am not seeing anything jumping out that should have damaged it. Still, try removing the belts just to see where the issue is. Half of the drive train stays connected to the engine even with the clutch not engaged.

Maybe it is something as stupid as a clip from one of the axles got caught on something and now the gears of the drive train are getting stuck together.

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After you try it with the belt off try turning it with the pulley on the drive shaft.
If you've removed the starter you might want to try and remove the pull start housing and see if you can turn it forward or backward with a wrench or socket on the crankshaft nut. Just in case the pull start jammed some how.

Don't get crazy with it as it should turn pretty easy. It's starting to sound like the connecting rod snapped but you don't have any of the symptoms ??

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you probably threw the rod
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One thing about the Troy Bilt machines is that the cables and related pulleys are somewhat exposed at the back of the machine base. You mentioned going up a couple of stairs . . . I am wondering if there was some damage to the cable or related hardware in the process of going up the steps.

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