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Snowblower (536.886191) impeller and auger turn even when handle not engaged, chewing up auger belts

I have a 8.5 HP 26-inch Craftsman 2-stage snowblower (536.886191).


When I start it, the impeller and auger are spinning, even with the lever not down.


I changed the auger drive belt and adjusted the pulley wheel position so there is no tension when not engaged, and the proper tension when engaged.


This ends up causing my belt to fail because it gets really hot from the belt guide that hits the bottom wheel when the auger lever is not engaged. Everything seems to work fine when the auger lever is despressed, but I think the source of my belt problems is occurring when the auger lever is NOT depressed.


Aren't both the impeller and auger supposed to stop turning when the auger lever is not depressed?


What part(s) might be failing to stop the auger and impeller when the lever is not engaged?


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Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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