How to adjust the snowblower auger control
The auger control system in a snowblower consists of the control lever, auger cable, brackets and idler pulley. When you engage the auger control lever, the cable pulls the idler pulley to apply tension on the auger drive belt to spin the auger.
When the auger cable isn’t adjusted properly, the auger can spin when the auger control lever is disengaged or the auger won’t spin when you engage the auger control lever.
Follow the steps shown in this video to check and adjust the auger control on your snowblower.
Check Auger Control Operation
Follow these steps to check the auger control:
With the auger control lever disengaged, check the auger control cable tension. The auger control cable should have slack so it’s not pulling the idler pulley.
Start the snowblower and check to see if the auger moves with the auger control lever disengaged. With the auger lever disengaged, the auger shouldn’t move.
Engage the auger and let the augers run for about 10 seconds then disengage the auger. Cycle the auger on and off in a similar manner several times.
Check the auger to see whether it stops completely with the auger control lever disengaged.
See if the auger spins properly with the auger control engaged.
Shut off the snowblower and adjust the auger cable if necessary.
Adjust the auger cable
If the auger spins with the auger control lever disengaged, you’ll need to increase auger cable slack. If the auger doesn’t move with the auger control lever engaged, you’ll need to increase auger cable tension.
Follow these steps to adjust auger cable tension:
Loosen, but don’t remove, the upper hex bolt on the rear auger drive cable bracket.
Loosen, but don’t remove, the lower hex bolt on the rear auger drive cable bracket if necessary to the bracket slides up and down.
Move the bracket upward to provide more auger cable slack or downward to apply more tension on the auger cable.
Hold the bracket in place after adjusting its position and tighten the hex bolts.
Test the auger control system and continue to adjust auger cable tension if necessary so the auger spins properly.
Test and adjust the cable periodically to keep the auger operating properly.
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