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Power Propelled Vacuum won't engage the drive.

I have a craftsman Power Propelled Yard Vacuum Model 247.77013.0 and the cable from the handle control down to engage the drive does not retract and therefore doesn't work. In addition the fan belt is worn. How do I replace the fan-belt and make hte cable work properly?

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Sam, thanks a million. I replaced the cable and all is working well. As I said earlier, the Drive Belt should also be replaced because it's worn, but when I tried to replace it I realized that no one had tole me the engine had to be removed first. That's a lot of work so I'll try to wait till the snow falls. That's a good winter project. In the mean time, we've vacuumed up lots of leaves. Thanks again.
I think it would be good to tell people the engine has to be removed in order to replace the Drive belt. If I''m wrong about having to do that, please let me know.
Allan
by Manage My Life
October 27th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for the update on the parts you ordered and the cable for the self propel should attache too.
I did find one rendition of a picture in the manual for the idler pulleys and spring tensioning.

From looking at the picture I will have to conclude that the activation cable has to hook up to an arm on the transmission, because the spring looks like it is keeping tension on the belt all the time.

Please let me know if that is the case.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
October 23rd, 2012
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Sam, I've ordered the two parts you described and Sears says they will be her next week. I understand what you are saying EXCEPT where to attach the lower end of the Cable and how to access it.
I can't wait to get the vacuum/chipper working properly again. Here in the DC area leaves are falling rapidly and I really don't want to have to push the vacuum.
Allan H
by Manage My Life
October 19th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for the update on the lawn vacuum. The spring on the end of the drive cable has a hook the attaches to the belt tightener on the drive system.
Once you replace the belt you may not have to replace the drive cable. If you look at the upper end of the drive cable you will see two holes in the drive handle. Flex the drive bail handle out of the main handle and the remove the Z hook of the cable and install it in the back hole of the drive handle and reinstall the drive bail handle onto the main handle.

This will give you more pull since the belt is stretched.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
October 19th, 2012
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Sam, thanks for the advice. I've removed the Belt Cover and see that the Drive Belt does need replacing. I want to replace the Cable too, but I'm not sure how to get to the machine end. If you can tell me which screws to remove to access the machine end I'd appreciate it. The spring looks to be in good shape.

I'll let you know how things turn out.
by Manage My Life
October 19th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the self propel cable and drive for the yard vacuum.

Down by the drive belt on the belt idler pulleys there is a return spring the pulls the drive back to neutral when you let go of the handle.

If the spring is there then I would suggest that you replace the cable if it is not working smooth. You could try to lubricate it with some liquid lubricant to see if that will help.

If the belt is worn and stretched then it also could cause this problem.

Please let me know what you discover and we can continue to troubleshoot with that information.

Drive cable for model 247.770130

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Drive belt for model 247.770130

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Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
October 18th, 2012
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Thank you for sending the manual PDF, but I already have it. I've looked at page 23 when I first started this project, but there was nothing there to help me. The more exact description of the problem is that the wire from the handle to the transmission does not retract by itself. The way it is, it will not roll backwards when I release the "drive control" unless I bounce the machine a bit. It really tries to stay in gear without bouncing. Even with the bouncing, the wire remains loose at the "drive control". It does not retract at all by itself. I guess what I really need it to find out how to make the cable retract when I release the "drive control"?
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October 17th, 2012
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The yard vacuum not engaging can be frustrating. On page 23 of the owners manual there is some troubleshooting information. I added a link to the manual below. I hope that this will help you out until your expert answers your question. It may take 24-48 hours. i do hope everything works out with t he yard vacuum.
by Manage My Life
October 17th, 2012
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