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8830 Snowblower augers not turning


This winter is going from bad to worst. I'm sorry about the difficulties that you are experiencingwith your snow blower. I did some research at and found an expert answer to a similar question that may assist you until your expert can respond. I have attached the link below. If you would like assistance from a qualified technician I have also attached a link to I hope these links will help until your expert can respond. Click reply below and provide the expert with your complete model # for the best possible response.

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James -
January 25, 2011

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having this problem. By what you have stated, I would suspect the worm gear in the auger gearbox is sheared. To replace the worm gear the whole auger assembly has to be removed from the auger housing. If you need further assistance on this, please feel free to add more details below. Removing the auger assembly on a snow blower is not an easy repair that is usually done by a service technician. If you decide to repair the blower yourself, please follow the steps below.

  • Remove the spark plug wire and belt cover.

  • Disconnect the chute control rod.

  • Remove the belt and the auger control cable if it is attached to the blower head.

  • Locate and remove the bolts that attach the blower head to the drive assembly.

  • Once the blower head is removed tip it onto the nose so the pulley is up.

  • Remove the pulley from the shaft. It should have a set screw on the backside, maybe two. I recommend spraying the shaft and pulley with a penetrating oil to help with removal. I have seen in some cases a puller is needed to remove the pulley because of rust.

  • Once the pulley is removed you can remove the bolts securing the bearing. Then slide the bearing off the shaft. This can be difficult to do if the shaft is rusted. I recommend cleaning the shaft with emery cloth before trying to move the bearing. You might also need to use a puller here also.

  • Remove the bolts securing the bearing for the left and right auger shaft. Then slide the whole assembly out of the blower housing.

  • Remove the shear bolts and remove the augers. Make sure to mark the augers left and right so you do not get them mixed up. If they are reversed, the snow will not be pulled into the impeller. Most of the time I fine the augers are rusted to the shaft so you might need to spray it down with penetrating oil and let it sit over night. If they do not come off you may have to heat them up to break then loose.

  • Once the augers are removed you can split the gear case and replace the worm gear.

  • Make sure to clean all the old grease out of the case and repack it with high quality grease.

  • Just reverse the above steps to reassemble the snow blower.

I have found a video that should give you a little more confidence in doing the repair. video along with this Video Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
January 26, 2011
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