How do I replace the auger assembly on my Craftsman snow thrower model 536.886261?
Mark T. you left out one critical step, in the auger removal procedure. The bearing pressed on the center shaft does not fit through the hole in the housing (#500), so I had to pull the bearing (#491) to get the center shaft out. Everything else worked fine, I have the damaged gear out and I have ordered the new part.
However, putting it back together there are going to be 2 problems:
1. If I try to press/hammer the bearing onto the shaft while the unit is assembled, I am afraid that I may damage the gearbox. Can I drill out the housing (#500) center shaft hole, to make it big enough to fit the bearing through the hole?
2. With the auger in place, the impeller completely blocks all access to the bolt heads (#493). So how do I tighten these bolts? The only option I see is to pre-weld the bolts in place before assembly.
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