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Trying to fix my snowblower. The auger has stopped turning.

Craftsman 536 918100
The auger handle would not turn off the auger when released. Eventually when I squeezed it to activate it again , it stopped working altogether. The lower arm of the handle that goes into the square housing appears to be creeping out like it has come loose from whatever it connected to inside.

Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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The snow has brought most of the country to a stop, it is not surprising it has been hard on the snow removal machines. While you wait for the expert, you can check the links below if you like. The first link is a similar question from a previous expert post. The model is a bit different but may help get you on the right track. I also added the schematics at Sears Parts Direct. You can see an exploded view of your model and order parts if needed. I attached the links below. Hope this helps!
by Manage My Life
February 5th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having problems with your snow blower. I will try to help you with this. By what you have stated, it sounds like the cable broke or has come loose. I recommend tipping the snow blower onto its nose and removing the bottom access panel. Then visually inspect the cable from the handle to the idler arm. You might have to remove the belt cover to see the end of the cable where it connects to the idler arm. If the cable is broken the part can be ordered from our parts website

Sears Parts Direct

. Make sure when replacing the cable it is routed the same as the old one.

If the cable seems fine, have someone pull the handle while you watch the idler arm. If the idler arm is moving, the cable is working fine. You most likely have to adjust the belt. The instructions for adjusting the belt should be located in the owner's manual.

Please let me know if you need further assistance on repairing the snow blower.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 58,303 community points in Craftsman
February 7th, 2011
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