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We have the Jacobsen Imperia 626. This morning the snowblower wouldn't start. My dad years ago installed an electric starter to the blower. We always had it start fine after following instructions. But this time sounded like the starteer simply spun when I hit the ignition button. Any suggestions?
 

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Sounds like the pinion needs lubrication so that the rotation of the armature will be able to spin it out far enough to engage the flywheel. A little bit of WD40 or PB Blaster on the gear end of the starter should get you going.
 

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:welcome: to SBF NeilH

Don't feel alone, I have one too !! I got mine cheap as a gear had worn into a shaft and that shaft isn't available. Had to make one. :wink2:

I'd recommend the little bit of PB Blaster or light coat of oil.

Donnyboy73 has some great videos on how to with snowblowers. Here's a link to starter diag and repair : https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=donnyboy73+starter+repair\
 

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Do what the others say first. Remove the starter and lubricate the starter drive but first degrease it and the shaft. Then use some synthetic oil on the shaft. You must clean the starter drive and shaft spotless! If that does not work, replace the starter drive.
 

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I love those old Jacobsen snowblowers. Great machine's. My father had one it was a good machine, an imperial 626, Orange sometime from the 70's. We did snow removal together with it. Too this day I still do not understand why he just scrapped it 10 years ago. Their was nothing wrong with it. I wish I was around at the time to persuade him out of it. But then a couple years later came my Snapper 8246 built just like the Jake, same style bucket, similar gear box, but more power and bigger tires. My Dad even said it looks just like the Jake except it's a Snapper. So for those who have those Snappers around still remember how good they are. Built just like the Jake's were. Best piece of equipment I ever bought to this day. Even Ariens made their buckets like the Jakes for awhile. It was the best style bucket they ever made on a snowblower, they knew they were onto something with that style bucket. I wonder who came out with that style bucket first, was it Jacobsen? Probably, we may never know, unless someone does.....
 

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Check to make sure the bolts holding the starter are secure. If they are real loose the starter will shake when you press the button. It will not engage and instead will just spin.
 
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