Snow Blower Troubleshooting

Updated 3 weeks ago by Juan Velez

This bulletin covers the following models: All Champion Power Equipment snow blowers.

Please read and view the instructions carefully and completely before performing the service.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand the operator’s manual before using this product.
  • DO NOT make any adjustments to the product without first stopping the engine and disconnecting the spark plug wire.
  • Burns from hot parts — let the engine cool completely before touching hot parts.
  • Injury from moving parts.
  • To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline. Keep cigarettes, sparks and flames away from all fuel‐related parts.

Augers or Drive Wheels not Turning

Check for missing/broken shear pins and or R-Pins.

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The cables are preset by the factory. If you need to adjust, see ADJUSTING SELF-DRIVE CONTROL HANDLE CABLES or ADJUSTING AUGER CONTROL CABLE in the owner's manual for correct adjustments.

If the snow blower fails to drive with the drive control engaged and performing the drive control cable adjustment fails to correct the problem, the friction disc may need to be replaced. To prevent spillage, remove all fuel from the tank by running the engine until it stops. Do not attempt to pour fuel from the engine. Disconnect the spark plug before performing any service.

Adjusting the Self-Drive Control Handle Cable

Make sure that the tension on the self-drive cable is adjusted so it has between 1/4-3/8" (6.4-9.5 mm) of movement. This movement can be acquired by measuring the distance the engagement paddle moves from its starting position and the point it becomes taut and starts to move the transmission adjustment lever. If the slack is greater than 5/8" (16 mm), please adjust. Proper tension is important because you will want your snow blower to move forward properly in heavy snowfalls. While operating the snow blower, if the self-drive control lever is too loose, tighten the nut counterclockwise while at the same time rotating the bolt upward to reach the position of the nut (Fig. 25). Bolt Nut 1/4" – 3/8" (Fig. 25).

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Adjusting Auger Control Cable

Make sure that the tension on the auger control cable is adjusted so it has between 1/4-3/8" (6.4-9.5 mm) of movement. This movement can be acquired by measuring the distance the engagement paddle moves from its starting position and the point it becomes taut and starts to engage the auger. If the slack is greater than 5/8" (16 mm), please adjust. Proper tension is important because you will want your snow blower to maximize belt life in heavy snowfalls. While operating the snow blower, if the auger control lever is too loose, tighten the nut counterclockwise while at the same time rotating the bolt upward to reach the position of the nut (Fig. 26).

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In the process of operation, if the auger or drive control handle is too loose, screw the bolt of part A to get a natural tension station for the wire. Check the slack of the tension and adjust accordingly. You want to make sure that the tension on the lower side of the snow blower has 1/4-3/8" (6.4-9.5 mm) of movement. If the slack is greater than 5/8" (16 mm), please adjust. Proper tension is important because you will want your snow blower to move forward properly in heavy snowfalls. Another way to adjust the drive wheel cables is to place unit on a support with the wheels off the ground with the engine running and making adjustments to the cable tension; tighter wheels will begin to rotate on their own, then back it off slightly until they stop rotating. When stopped, adjustment is complete.

Only the left axle has two holes, and the axle pin can be removed and repositioned. If the wheel is slid further in on the axle with the pin inserted into the outside hole of the axle, the machine will move freely without the engine on. If the pin is inserted into the inside hole of the axle, the machine will only move when the drive control is engaged when the engine is on. It is optional to slide one wheel past the pin hole in the axle and to place the locking pin into the axle outside the wheel without locking it into the drive axle. This creates a pivot wheel that allows the operator to easily turn the snow blower during use by utilizing the "free wheel" as a pivot point. Though this makes turning easier, it decreases drive wheel traction by 50%.

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