Simplicity 1696920-00 Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your Simplicity 1696920-00 Snow Blower, you are not alone. Many Simplicity 1696920-00 owners experience issues with their snow blower from time to time, and it can be frustrating to deal with these problems.

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Simplicity 1696920-00 Snow Blower Problems

Below are common issues and solutions for the Simplicity 1696920-00:

The Simplicity 1696920-00 engine does not start.

Cause Solution
  • The key is not installed or set to the OFF position
  • Install the key or turn it to the ON position.
  • The engine is cold and requires priming
  • Push the primer button two times and start the engine again
  • The fuel shut-off valve (if equipped) is in the CLOSED position.
  • Turn the fuel shut-off valve to the OPEN position
  • The fuel tank is empty.
  • Fill the fuel tank with clean fuel.
  • The choke is turned to the OPEN/RUN position with a cold engine.
  • Turn the choke to the CLOSED/START position.
  • The engine is flooded.
  • Turn the choke to the OPEN/RUN position, move the throttle control to the FAST position (if equipped), and crank until the engine starts.

The Simplicity 1696920-00 engine is hard to start, runs poorly or does not operate after several minutes

Cause Solution
  • Stale fuel or moisture in the fuel.
  • Fill with clean fuel.
  • The fuel cap does not vent.
  • The fuel cap is too tight. Remove the fuel cap, and install it again. Do not overtighten

The Simplicity 1696920-00 Excessive vibration.

Cause Solution
  • Loose parts or damaged impeller.
  • Stop the engine immediately. Remove the ignition key or push/pull key. Inspect for loose hardware on any moving parts and tighten as necessary. If vibration continues, make sure that the unit is inspected by an authorized service dealer

The Simplicity 1696920-00 auger does not stop within 5 seconds after the auger control lever is released.

Cause Solution
  • The auger control cable is not adjusted correctly
  • See Adjusting the Auger Cable

The Simplicity 1696920-00 discharge chute or deflector does not work (remote-manual)

Cause Solution
  • The discharge chute or deflector is not adjusted correctly
  • Adjust the control linkage and pivot points. See Adjusting the Discharge Chute or Adjusting the Deflector.
  • The discharge chute or deflector needs lubrication
  • Lubricate the control linkage and pivot points. See Lubricating the Control Lever Linkage.

The Simplicity 1696920-00 does not stop when the traction control is released.

Cause Solution
  • The traction control cable is not adjusted correctly
  • See Adjusting the Traction Control Cable

The Simplicity 1696920-00 scraper bar does not clean hard surfaces.

Cause Solution
  • The kid shoes are not correctly adjusted.
  • Raise or lower the skid shoes. See Adjusting the Skid Shoe Height.
  • Worn scraper bar
  • Replace the scraper bar. See Replacing the Scraper Bar.

The Simplicity 1696920-00 unit does not propel itself.

Cause Solution
  • Incorrect adjustment of traction control cable
  • See Adjusting the Traction Control Cable.

The Simplicity 1696920-00 unit does not discharge snow.

Cause Solution
  • The auger control cable is out of adjustment.
  • Adjust the auger control cable. See Adjusting the Auger Cable.
  • Broken shear pin or shear bolt.
  • Replace the shear pin or bolt. See Replacing the Shear Pins or Shear Bolts.
  • The discharge chute is clogged.
  • STOP THE ENGINE! Make sure that the auger and impeller have stopped rotating. Use a clean-out tool to remove the snow from the discharge chute. DO NOT clear a clogged discharge chute with your hands! See Clearing a Clogged Discharge Chute
  • Unwanted debris is lodged in the auger.
  • STOP THE ENGINE! Make sure that the auger and impeller DO NOT rotate. Use a clean-out tool to remove the foreign object. DO NOT clear a lodged object with your hands! See Clearing a Clogged Discharge Chute.

Simplicity 1696920-00 Replacement Parts

How to Diagnose and Repair a Simplicity 1696920-00

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