Oh I forgot one thing. Check the tension on the clutch handle. Follow
the linkage down the handle. you should see a adjustment for the clutch
and the auger. Put a few turns on it and see if that solves the
problem. Clutch disks wear over time however you should be able to make
small tweaks to it over the years. If this works take the friction
wheel back and buy a cup of coffee and give yourself a pat on the back.