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I have a craftsman snowblower that runs and the auger will turn but seems that the wheels want to turn but dont. I took off the bottom plate and seen that the wheels are chain driven. When I press the hanmdle to engage the wheels the just **** a little bit. Any suggestiosn

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The most common cause of this is the drive belt is worn. Sometimes the drive cable stretches (from the handle to the trans)
To check the belts and tension you remove the cover (usually plastic) in the middle of the snow thrower to look at the belts. 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 engine drives the transmission. 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!

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

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