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Last year's Craftsman 26" 208cc issues. HELP!

Hi. I'm Tony and I own a Craftsman...

Short intro to the troubles I've had with this machine, and what's been done, as well as what I did today to also need help:

Two weeks after I bought it, last February, the drive mechanism began to slip in first gear, almost wouldn't move. Brought it in, was adjusted, and worked ok for the rest of the year. This year, second week of January, the rubber disintegrated and the wheel scarred the heck out of the drive surface. Repaired brand new, has since seen 3 snows, only one heavy and none of them very much accumulation (less than 4"). Now, first gear is SLOW, to the point of unusable, and the rest of the gears are quite slow as well. I have to run it in 2nd at a minimum, or it doesn't move but about snail speed. No joke. I used to use 1st for the end of the driveway, and I can't now. I pulled the inspection cover, there's some rubber accumulating on the pulley side, and plenty of rubber on the other, and said rubber is very sticky. How could this maybe be fixed? I'm sure the machine is taking more of a beating than it should running second gear for thick, heavy plow-leavings.

Second issue, and my fault: I was clearing around my snowmobile, with the idea I would get it running again. There's a tarp half buried under the snow, I had used it for my side-by-side before I bought a proper cover and it got snow-covered for the most part, left it there. Didn't think it was where it was from the part I could see, and the rope wrapped into the auger. Not bad, right? Except it pulled one side of the auger shaft out of the side plate. I need to know how to get it back in the side plate, if there's a way other than dismantling the entire chute. I have a full belts-spark plug warranty, but I'm a little embarrassed about this one.

Thank you in advance, and sorry my first post says so little about me!
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hello tony, welcome to SBF!! sounds like the friction wheel is falling apart again

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Thanks for the reply, buzzard. After some more reading, I've learned some more proper sounding terms. The friction wheel, if that's the one with the rubber on it, is sticky, but no uneven wear. The steel has some rubber glazing on it where the friction contacts it in 1st gear, but not all the way around. No obvious defects anywhere that I can see.

Maybe the friction wheel adjustment is off? Like it moved (stretched the cable?) more towards the center than it should be, and slowed all the forward gears down? It's only 1/4" or so from the center pin on the pulley wheel in 1st.
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I'm going to post this question in the snowblower repair section, seems more traveled and may be a better place for it. Sorry I posted in the wrong section if it is. I googled my problem and it led me to the Craftsman-specific forum and I posted before I really looked around the forum! I'm learning quite a bit, but still haven't found my answers.
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clean the rubber of the steel disc that the friction wheel rides on

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1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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That's my next step, but I'm not real sure what to use. I don't want to scrape it, I think the pulley is aluminum, or that's what it looks like.
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try some brake parts cleaner spray it on a rag you don't want it on the friction wheel

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Thank you. I'll do that, and return with results. I can't do much right now with it, since the auger is out on the one side, but that shouldn't stop me from checking the drive wheels.
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if you can post some pic's of the auger so we have a better idea if the problem. did the housing get damaged

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Here it is. I have the part removed that the shaft rides in on the side it came out of. It appears the housing is bowed out some, just slightly, but I'm hoping it isn't enough to cause issues.
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