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    Snow Blower - LX172 - Hooked up but not working correctly

    I have a 1996 LX172 JD lawn tractor. I just hooked up the snow blower and it's not working correctly. With the blower raised, the blower turns on but when I lower the blower, it turns off. I looked underneath and when the blower is raised, the belts are tight and when I lower the blower, the belts are loose. Could someone please tell me what I did wrong?

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    I do not have this any more but there is a spring/lever that keeps tension on the belt you can see it in this picture.

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    The spring is working fine and I do have it locked in to tighten the belt. This is frustrating because I can't figure out what is going on. It works fine with the blower up, then when put down to the ground, the blower quits.

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    maybe set the blower down and tighten the spring as much as possible?
    how old is your spring? maybe it needs to be replaced with a bigger, stronger spring.
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    I will set the blower down and tighten the belt tensioner. I am probably going to pull it off and check the routing of the belt. By the way it looks, the belt only goes on one way.

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    Do you have a manual on the snow thrower?

    Here's an online version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    Do you have a manual on the snow thrower?

    Here's an online version.

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    Could you route me to the service section to check the belt tension? Do you have a link?

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    I found it.

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    I just have to ask is the belt moving in both the up and down position? If not maybe you have a shear pin problem.

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    The belt loosens up when the blower is put down. It looks like there is an adjustment on the tensioner, maybe I through this off when I took the blower off in the spring.
    The blower worked perfect when I removed it in the spring. The belt is slipping on the engine pulley because it's not tight enough when it's down.
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