Simple Adjustments To Make Your Snowblower Run Like New Again!
If your snow blower is not blowing snow the way it should, you should look through this blog. Here are two simple ways to that you can do to your machine that most of the time may make your blower blow like new again.
Step 1: You need to take the belt cover off. If your machine is not blowing properly, the first thing I recommend is to take the belt cover off and check the condition of your belt.
Step 2: Another thing you want to check is the tightness of the belt when the auger level is depressed all the way down. So you need to get the auger lever down to look at the belt tension and check if it is very loose. If the tension is not good, the belt is going to slip on the pulley.
Step 3: The quicker and easy thing you can do to fix this problem is, if the pulley is adjustable on your snowblower, that you can adjust it to get the tension back on the belt. You can unscrew or just loosen the nut that holds the pulley with a wrench, and then push the pulley forward and tighten it up. When you adjust the pulley, the more you push it forward, the tighter the belt will be.
A small tip: the way you will know if it is adjustable or not is by checking behind the pulley to see if there is a slot for the pulley to move with the bolt.
Not every snowblower has the slot. In some of them it is just one hole and the pulley sits there permanently in the position.
Step 1: You just need to move the pulley forward, tighten up the nut and when the auger lever is depressed, the pulley is going to go further that way to put more tension on the belt. If the pulley on your machine is nonadjustable, you may have to replace the belt as well or just adjust the auger cable.
Step 2: Disconnect the cable from your snowblower, and then slide it all the way out. You need to hold one end with pliers. When the lever is depressed, it is going to add more tension to the belt. After that, you are supposed to reconnect it. You will see there is a lot less play in the cable and this will make the belt a lot tighter when you depress the lever.
Step 3: You have to just the medium when it comes to tension, you do not want to overdo it. If you overtime the cable or over adjust the pulley, the augers will still be turning which is a major safety hazard when you release the auger lever.
On some areas and snowblowers as well, the cable adjustment is very similar to the blower, and it is usually the same for the drive and the auger systems on your machine for the adjustments.