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Try a short burst of starter fluid into the carburetor and promptly pull starter. If it runs for a couple seconds and quits then the carburetor is not delivering fuel.

If it doesnt run on starter fluid then either flooded, insufficient spark, or poor compression / crankcase leak.

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Typical snow blower shifts by moving a drive wheel on a hexoganal shaped shaft. Likely the wheel has rusted to the shaft from insufficient maintenance.

Remove the rear/bottom cover plate to access the transmission (usually 4 bolts). Lubricate shaft/wheel with penetrating oil and work free.

Avoid getting oil on the drive wheel and disc or thoroughly clean the disc and wheel with a liberal application of alchohol until wiping with a rag comes clean.

Lubricate any drive chains as well.

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it needs fuel.

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Let warm up if still does need new spark plug

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If you didnt treat fuel before storage last season then likely the carburetor is fouled. Try adding a fuel treatment e.g. Seafoam, but likely ithe carb will need a thorough cleaning or replacement.

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Hi Jacquelin-
I found this link.
https://www.manualslib.com/manual/772531/Toro-38588.html?page=16#manual

On page 15-16, it talks about the "Replacing the Drive Belt". This might be the problem.

Hope this helps.

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I have had the same issue with Toro. Finally took it to a local wizard. AFter about 5 minutes if him trying he suggested it would make a great boat anchor. Once Toro goes out of factory specs, that's just about it. A few lucky folks I know with Toro products either accidentally stumble on the just-right combinations or off to the lake they go.

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Check and see if there is a shear or safety pin in one of the drive pulleys that has broken.See if there is a pulley that turns by hand when this happens. Could be one has broken but grabs for a little bit. Also check the drive belt and see if it is slipping Check all the drive areas . BE SAFE BY TAKING THE KEY OUT AND TRYING BY HAND>

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check your flywheel key. its probably sheared

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The deck belt is not adjustable, it is tightened by the number 26 spring. Spring can loose tension or the belt could be stretched.

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what belt did you change? i assume the drive belt. if it is not exactly the right size it wont work. if it is not routed correctly it wont work. it may have slipped off of a pulley.

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Did you clean the float bowl, it collects dirt and stops fuel to the needle valve

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Given your description the brake actuator module is suspect. This unit has an automatic electric brake system. If the brake actuator does not fully rotate into brake set position the engine will not crank. Check for obstructions in brake linkage.

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You could try disconnecting brake linkage and see if it allows for engine start. Can also be a bad pole in the PTO switch or loose connection somewhere in start engine safety interlock.

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