I have a 5hp 23'' Craftsman Snowblower which just had its traction belt break. When I opened up the bottom of the snowblower there was a loose spring in the bottom. I cannot figure out where it is supposed to go, but the treads still do not spin. It looks like one end would attach to the pulley which should cause tension on the belt, but I can't figure out where the other end would attach. Does anyone know?
Check the steel axles that go through the plastic wheels.What happens is the axles rust and swell not allowing the track wheels to turn freely.its a problem overlooked by all the so called small engine repair shops.I have removed the wheels and sanded the axles to remove the rust.I greased the shafts and the wheels move freely.There is a provision on the wheel for a grease fitting.I carefully drilled the holes and with some strong waterproof glue thredhed a fitting in each wheel.
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take the starter assembly off the unit and try pulling it then to determine if it is the starter or engine. Usually when you have a situation like that it is due to a seized engine but on a rare occasion it is something in the starter assembly
The most common cause of this is the drive belt is worn. In other cases the cable from the hand lever to the belt drive breaks or comes off.
To look at the belts and inspect the operation of the cable you remove the cover (usually plastic) in the middle of the snow thrower.
Your operator's manual will show you how to remove the cover and check/change the belts. If you don't have a copy you can get the manual through managemyhome.com
You will need the model number off the snowblower. It is usually located on the bottom right hand corner of the frame (from the handle side). The model number looks like 247.123456.
The belt closest to the to the engine drives the transmission. This is the transmission drive belt. (Your operators manual will show you the location and how to remove the cover if you are unfamiliar with your snow blower)
With the engine not running, have someone depress the drive lever and check the belt. You should only be able to depress the long side 1/2 inch or less. More than that the belt has stretched and needs to be replaced.
On some older blowers you can adjust the tension pulley, but most made in the last 15 years, you can't. The belt may be frayed on the edges or glazed causing it to slip (it is shiny on the sides of the belt) It may be torn and broke completely.
You can get parts for you Craftsman and most MTD made models through searspartsdirect.com. With other makes you can get parts through jackssmallengines.com
If you are unfamiliar with repairing machines you can get your snow blower repaired by taking it to your local Sears. They will have a technician troubleshoot and repair the unit.
Feel free to ask any other questions. I know Snow Blowers. Please remember to rate this answer!
I have not solved the problem yet, however, at this point I am thinking it may just be a crankcase vent problem. Builds to much pressure and stalls and that is also the cause of the leak??? I used the blower again today and when I took out the dip stick there seemed to be a pressure.
I had listed my problem as a lawn mower cause the snowblower wasn't in your list of options to pick from??