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Question Auger Shaft Spacer how to replace

How do I go about replacing this black plastic spacer on the auger shaft of my Craftsman (247.88830) ? Shown in pic with hose clamp around it.
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unbolt the side plate pull off the auger. polish up the shaft with 320 grit sand paper. yank it out put the new one in. since you are already dirty you might as well do the other side too. I would also check them seals on the gear box.:coo l: LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE HELP!!! MAHALO
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This is very easy. Shouldn't take more than about 2 minutes... *sarcasm*

Remove the clip holding the chute crank on and slide that out of the way.
Remove the belt cover.
Unhook the belt.
Unhook the spring from the idler pulley and handle that tightens the belt.
(I pulled mine off after separating the scoop and drive sections.)
Remove the 2 bolts on each side holding the front scoop to the drive section.
Tilt the handles back and lift the scoop out of the pivot.
Tip the front scoop section flat on the ground and remove the bolt holding the large pulley on.
(I used an axe handle through the chute to hold the impeller.)
Remove the 2 screws on each side of the augers.
Slide the whole gearbox assembly out the front.
Remove the shear pins and slide everything off the side as needed.

If you happen to remove the augers on both sides don't mix them up.

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unbolt the side plate pull off the auger. polish up the shaft with 320 grit sand paper. yank it out put the new one in. since you are already dirty you might as well do the other side too. I would also check them seals on the gear box.:coo l: LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE HELP!!! MAHALO
What would be the reason for polishing the shaft?

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I'm just curious. What do these spacers do? Is it just a filler? The auger is pinned to the shaft, so it's not going to move inward any. I guess it would make it easier to find the shear-pin holes if they sheared. Any real reason i'm not seeing?
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This is very easy. Shouldn't take more than about 2 minutes... *sarcasm*

Remove the clip holding the chute crank on and slide that out of the way.
Remove the belt cover.
Unhook the belt.
Unhook the spring from the idler pulley and handle that tightens the belt.
(I pulled mine off after separating the scoop and drive sections.)
Remove the 2 bolts on each side holding the front scoop to the drive section.
Tilt the handles back and lift the scoop out of the pivot.
Tip the front scoop section flat on the ground and remove the bolt holding the large pulley on.
(I used an axe handle through the chute to hold the impeller.)
Remove the 2 screws on each side of the augers.
Slide the whole gearbox assembly out the front.
Remove the shear pins and slide everything off the side as needed.

If you happen to remove the augers on both sides don't mix them up.
Still need to do this. Kinda nervous about taking it this much apart. Maybe you could tell me more about doing this such as -
Is it really as straight forward as you make it sound?
Is reassembly difficult?
What could happen if it's not replaced?

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I think they are just there to keep the augers lined up in case you break a shear pin. I suppose the auger could slide over and get tangled on the gear box or something. Being as you have a new machine it should be pretty easy to do.

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What would be the reason for polishing the shaft?
so you do not mess up the new seals when putting it all back together.: eek:

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Oh. I should get new seals?

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unbolt the side plate pull off the auger. polish up the shaft with 320 grit sand paper. yank it out put the new one in. since you are already dirty you might as well do the other side too. I would also check them seals on the gear box.:coo l: LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE HELP!!! MAHALO
Can it really be done like this? It sure sounds easier than the other way.

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