Craftsman 944.528396 Auger Shaft - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 08-23-2015, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Craftsman 944.528396 Auger Shaft

Hey.....I'm new to the site but I've noticed there's tons of info on here so hopefully I can get my problem sorted out. I am totally new to the snowblower scene so forgive me if my knowledge isn't that we'll. I received this 6 year old machine last week and is in excellent condition. Everything works as it should and can't wait to try it out. I was looking everything over and noticed the main shaft had roughly .5 to an 1 inch worth of play up and down. It's tight side by side. Even the plate that hurls the snow out the chute moves with it. When it's running, there is a small wobble but nothing serious at all. I took the belt cover off and there's no wobble in there that I can see. Any one have any ideas of this is a serious problem or is this somewhat normal? I can take a video once I figure out how to upload. Thanks so much!
youngjames832 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 12:11 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Newington, CT
Posts: 2,029
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 32
Thanks (Received): 92
Likes (Given): 446
Likes (Received): 148
the rear auger bushing needs to be replaced, it will caused decreased throwing performance
43128 is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Ok thanks for your reply. I'll have to try and find a repair manual somewhere for it. Would this be considered a big job or pretty straight forward?
youngjames832 is offline  
post #4 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 09:52 AM
Moderator
 
Shryp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 4,159
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 1
Thanks (Received): 196
Likes (Given): 6
Likes (Received): 250
If it comes apart fairly easily it can be done in under 2 hours and maybe closer to 1 hour if you have done it before.

If everything fights you then it could take the whole weekend.

The front scoop has to be removed from the drive assembly, then the pulley has to be removed from the front scoop, then the auger assembly has to be pulled out the front. Then you can get to the bearing and put it back together.

Generally the hardest part is getting the pulley off if it is rusted on there. At 6 years old it shouldn't be too bad, but you wouldn't think it would be that shot already.

Please direct all snow blower questions to the forums and not to me with PMs.
Shryp is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
I'm hoping everything will come apart fairly easy. Every bolt that's viable is covered in liquid grease from the previous owner. Everything I have done so far came apart without issue. So would this very likely be the cause? Anything else I should look for? I found this video on YouTube.....is this pretty much what I'll have to do?

https://youtu.be/FgQI2k6it9Y
youngjames832 is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Here's a drawing that I have with the blower. Not sure how noticeable it is to read, but can someone point out the exact bushing(s) I need? Thanks again
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	impeller_1440431264063.PNG
Views:	62
Size:	47.0 KB
ID:	54673  
youngjames832 is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 01:48 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Newington, CT
Posts: 2,029
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 32
Thanks (Received): 92
Likes (Given): 446
Likes (Received): 148
part number 14
43128 is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 06:21 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: nova scotia-south shore - ave annual snowfall 199.4 cm ( 78.5 ")
Posts: 2,325
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 73
Thanks (Received): 157
Likes (Given): 368
Likes (Received): 597
Garage
the way i read the post , it seems like the auger shaft bushings ( not shown in the posted exploded view) are the main issue ?
nwcove is online now  
post #9 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 07:59 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,585
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 3
Thanks (Received): 158
Likes (Given): 95
Likes (Received): 302
I read it the same way as nwcove. My thought was either way something must be missing to have 1/2 to 1 inch of play like a bushing or bearing fell out or was not assembled correctly after repair by previous owner.
jtclays is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 08-24-2015, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
So are the bushings you are referring to on that diagram I posted or would it be on a different diagram? Here's a quick video before my phone went dead to show what my problem is

youngjames832 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome