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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Auger drive cable

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

Replacing an Auger Engagement Cable on a Snowblower

Step 1: Disconnect the spark plug wire

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Detach the cable from the cable guide pulley

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

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Disconnect the cable

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

Step 7: 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.


Step 8: Reinstall the 90-degree bracket

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

Step 9: 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. 

Step 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.