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Old 02-20-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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I recently had problems with my snowblower, Craftsmen model 247.888530, both throwing snow any distance and moving through hardly any amount of snow. I ended up replacing the drive belt, arguer belts, friction wheel rubber and adjusted both the auger cable and drive cable. Well is runs great and throws snow great EXCEPT the blower moves on it own without pressing in the drive handle. I have readjusted the drive cable but it did not fix the problem. I also set the gear shift mechanism and rod to ensure it was in synch. However, still have the issue with the snowblower moving without pressing in the drive handle/cable.
Any advice how to proceed next?

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Some how or another, your belt isn't loosening enough to fully disengage the blower assembly.

Is the new belt the correct size?

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The belt was obtained from Sears as a qualified replacement belt specifically for this model, so as far as I know it is the correct belt.
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Some how or another, your belt isn't loosening enough to fully disengage the blower assembly.

Is the new belt the correct size?

That would be my first guess also. Sounds like you made all the adjustments but the belt is too tight and not releasing when you take your hand off of the lever. Make sure that the numbers on the belt match what the cardboard sleeve says. Anything is possible and somebody could have put a different belt in the wrong outer sleeve by accident if it fell off the shelf or something ?

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