Been dependable for years. Only when I lent out my 28" Ariens yesterday and pulled her out is she growling. Engage the Auger and in 3 seconds hear RRRRRRRRRR for about 1 second then smooth again. Hope it's just the auger shaft spherical bearing assembly locking up and spinning and not gears! Looks like I'm taking her apart when I get home from work.. That's WHEN I gat home, fighting Hurricane force winds and snow. Gonna be a fun ride. Go Jeep!