December 1, 2015

How to replace a snowblower auger drive cable

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower auger drive cable

The snowblower auger drive cable connects the control lever to the engagement lever on the snowblower's auger drive system. If the auger won’t engage, it's often because the auger drive cable is damaged, worn, or broken. Replace the auger drive cable with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if it's defective. This step-by-step repair guide shows you how to install the new auger drive cable.

Use these steps to replace the auger drive cable in many Craftsman, Toro, MTD, Murray, Husqvarna, Troybilt and Ariens snowblowers.

Quick links
Tools required
Socket set
Ratchet
Work gloves
Safety glasses
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing an auger cable on a snowblower

This video explains how to replace an auger cable on a snowblower.

Instructions

01.

Disconnect the spark plug wire

Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.

02.

Remove the belt cover

Using a socket and ratchet, remove the bolt that fastens the belt cover to the frame of the snow blower and lift off the belt cover.

Remove the belt cover bolt.

Remove the belt cover bolt.

Remove the belt cover.

Remove the belt cover.

03.

Detach the cable from the control lever

Remove the top bolt from the cable guide pulley bracket on the left, rear side of the snow blower frame. Loosen the bottom bolt and pull the bracket away from the frame enough to relieve tension on the cable. Pull the Z-fitting out of the control lever.

Remove the bolts from the bracket.

Remove the bolts from the bracket.

Z-fitting on control lever..

Z-fitting on control lever..

Remove the cable from the lever.

Remove the cable from the lever.

04.

Detach the cable from the cable guide pulley

Unfasten the bolt from the cable guide pulley. Remove the pulley to release the cable.

Remove the bolt from the cable guide pulley.

Remove the bolt from the cable guide pulley.

Release the cable.

Release the cable.

05.

Release the cable from the 90-degree bracket

Unfasten the bolt that secures the 90-degree bracket to the frame. Remove the bolt from the pulley on the 90-degree bracket to release the cable.

90-degree bracket.

90-degree bracket.

Remove the 90-degree bracket.

Remove the 90-degree bracket.

Remove the cable pulley.

Remove the cable pulley.

06.

Disconnect the cable

Unhook the cable from the belt idler pulley. Pull the cable free.

Unhook the cable from the idler pulley.

Unhook the cable from the idler pulley.

07.

Install the new cable

Connect the Z-fitting of the new cable to control lever. Feed the new cable through the rear cable guide pulley and reinstall the bolt in the pulley.

Route the new cable through the 90-degree pulley and reinstall the bolt in the pulley. Hook the new cable to the belt idler pulley.

08.

Reinstall the 90-degree bracket

Position the 90-degree pulley bracket on the frame and reinstall the bolt that secures it.

09.

Complete the installation

Reinstall the rear cable guide bracket and fasten the top bolt in the bracket. Position the rear bracket so the cable has a little slack in it.

10.

Test the cable

Reinstall the belt cover and reconnect the spark plug wire. Following the instructions in your owner's manual, check and adjust the auger cable tension.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.
Symptoms for gas snowblowers

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Main causes: stale gas, clogged carburetor, clogged or broken fuel line, dirty spark plug, bad rewind starter, incorrect valve lash
Main causes: broken shear pins, worn or loose auger drive belt, auger drive cable failure, damaged auger, bad gear case
Main causes: loose drive clutch cable, damaged drive clutch cable, worn friction disc, scraper blade scraping the ground, engine problems
Main causes: punctured tire, damaged rim
Main causes: snow build-up in chute, chute drive mechanism failure, bad chute control assembly
Main causes: clogged chute, damaged auger blades, broken shear pins, worn auger belt, damaged gear case, engine problems
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel
Main causes: clogged chute, snow build-up in auger housing, broken auger shear pins, auger drive belt needs adjustment, auger cable problems
Things to do: replace the spark plug, change the oil, rebuild the carburetor, adjust valve lash, adjust or replace the belts
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