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Auger clutch cable breaks at hook

I just replaced the auger clutch cable on my craftsman snowblower less than 3 weeks ago. The new one just snapped at the hook as well. Inferior parts or machine not right?

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    Ray Stevenson Jan 27, 2015

    I just got off the phone with customer service, after my clutch cable broke for the 6th time in the last 3 seasons. Same thing as described above. But this time, they broke within the one-year warranty period so they are replacing the two I ordered 10 months ago. Something is not right with these parts. No way they should break this easy. One guy I spoke to Sears said, "well, maybe it is too cold out?" Um, hello - this is a SNOWblower. Losing faith in Craftsman products.

  • Ray Stevenson
    Ray Stevenson Jan 27, 2015

    Oh, and it's not the tension. I put just enough to successfully engage the augers. And 5 of them still broke!

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You may it adjusted to tight.

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Check to see if cable is still ok and not broken. Also adjusted.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013

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Sears online tech manuals.

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The auger clutch control up at the handle looks like this:
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Auger Control
  • To check the adjustment of the auger control, push forward the left hand clutch grip until the rubber bumper is compressed. There should be slack in the clutch cable.
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