Skip to content

Craftsman snow thrower #247.88782 ..Concern with Rotation chute joy stick .... Joystick trigger just stuck. Could not push it in to rotate the chute

"Craftsman snow thrower #247.88782 ..Concern with Rotation chute joy stick .... While removing snow yesterday the joystick trigger just stuck. Could not push it in to rotate the chute. I finally had to take the Control knobs off and then put back on . I sprayed some WD 40 in the rod assby and put grease on the compression spring and it appears ...ok for now. Are there problems with this assby? Concern is this going to happen during the next blizzard. It's under warranty used it twice last year.. 1st time this year

Craftsman , Snow Removal Equipment
Sign in to answer a question
2 Answers from these members:
Joseph Perez
I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your snow thrower and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.
by Joseph Perez Earned 20,694 community points in Craftsman
December 27th, 2012
Answered in 5 minutes
0 votes
Jerry C

I'm sorry to hear that your chute control seized and I would like to assist you. The repair you performed was spot on, the description will help other members with potential issues like this. This issue can occur, but it is pretty rare. The application of the grease will stop future seizing due to slight corrosion forming on the parts. I like to use a little thicker spray lubricant, the WD40 will evaporate pretty quickly, there are some wax based lubricants out there that will get into areas that otherwise could only be reached by complete disassembly. One note on the wax based lube, don't spray copious amounts in the control area, just a light application will do. Too much will cause buildup and with the cold weather the wax will become hard and cause other issues, so be cautious.

I think that you have serviced this correctly, but it is still under warranty and you may want a tech to look it over if you are not comfortable with it. Again, I think that you have corrected any potential issues though. When I lived in an area that required a snow thrower, I was very careful to apply a light amount of lubricant to moving parts and exposed metals at the end of the season, it will prevent things like this from holding you up the next time you need the machine.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C
by Jerry C Earned 5,395 community points in Craftsman
December 29th, 2012
0 votes
Didn't find what you are looking for? Ask a question
Get up to
% off
On Snow Removal Equipment