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craftsman Model536.884822 snow blower auger will not disengage. Any suggestions?

Took apart belt cover and checked tension after i found that the auger drive would not disengage. The auger wheel does not stop turning as belt continues to turn.

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this model is over 15 years old and i have observed that the brake rod (and what appears to be a pad) does not fully engage on the wheel when the auger is disengaged. does this brake actually stop the wheel spindle from moving as a belt (loose when the pulley is disengaged) moves around? If so, I may have a spent brake but don't know how to safely test to see if I can stop the spindle from moving.
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February 27th, 2011
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You could visit the Sears Home Services if you would like to schedule service. I attached the link below.
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February 27th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the snow blower. There is one of two problems with the snow blower. The first is the belt is not loosening enough when the handle is released. If the belt is not loosening up enough you can adjust the cable and/or the idler pulley. I have provided you with the instructions below on how to adjust the cable and the pulley below.

If the belt is fine I would check the brake. If the spring for the brake is missing, the pulley will not stop when the handle is released. To check the brake remove the belt cover and lift the brake by hand. It should have tension on it. The brake is boxed in blue in the image below. If there is no tension on the brake, you have to tip the snow blower onto its nose and remove the bottom cover. This will give you access to the brake spring. The spring connects to the brake arm on one end and the housing on the other. If the spring is missing you can order the replacement from our parts website:

Sears Parts Direct

. To determine where the spring connects look for a cut out in the housing. It should be rusted around the area because the spring was rubbing.

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the repair of 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 28th, 2011
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