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post #1 of 16 Old 12-02-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Drift Breaker engage bracket bending over

Here's a puzzling issue that I've been dealing with..

When I press down the engage lever on the handlebar, the L shaped bracket that the cable is connected to keeps bending down. Almost like it's pulling too hard causing it to fold over.

I greased the cable and that seems to be working fine by itself disconnected from the auger assembly. I believe my problem maybe too much tension on the auger assembly?

Could a lack of a spring or to small of a belt cause this problem?

When I remove the auger belt the cable works great and the bracket doesn't bend. The belt isn't too small, it's actually too big causing the auger not to spin in the snow.

Has anyone run into this problem before?

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It could be the belt is too small and it is getting too much tension. That handle doesn't look very sturdy and unfortunately the more it bends the weaker it will get. It could be that is was bent and bent back a few times before you even got it. Could have been poor adjusting or it simply could have had something hit it or got stuck on the roof of someones SUV during transport.
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No, the belt isn't small, it's actually to big.
I am thinking of putting a small one on so that the auger is on all of the time.
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Start to press the lever down and if it engages fully early, you either need to add a spring some where along the line or the cable is too short.

A spring will lengthen the cable and provide some give if the auger is fully engaged but the lever is not squeezed all the way. the spring will allow it to go all the way down.

Most of the blowers I have worked on with cables instead of steel rods have springs.
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What is the model # of your blower ???

Like he said about the spring. When you start to pull the handle it starts to take up slack and "loads" the spring so you are pulling through the spring.
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You might want to consider taking the handle to someone to weld a little brace on it. If you've bent it a couple times already it might be weakening and bust when you need it most.
But reinforcing it isn't the answer to the actual problem.

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Eager 1 8/26 536-909800

I do have an extra spring that I don't know where is supposed to go. It's about 8" long. I believe it went underneath from the frame to somewhere?
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It's a small thing but in the computer world of zeros and ones your model number should have a period, as in 536.909800
I don't know if it makes a difference when searching or not.

I don't see a spring in the diagram on Searspartsdirect.com.

This is a link to a manual but I couldn't get it to open, maybe you'll have better luck.
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...-909800-a.html post number 5.

I think you have a similar model to mine. It's a three stage but mine has a geared transmission and yours has a friction plate drive.

I'm still looking for a manual for mine.

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Handle

Well in looking at that picture of the control handle, I think you have a hybrid. I've had one like that basic model along with the manual. They didn't have a cable looped around the control handle, it was a S hook end. I think someone broke the cable and used something they could find to fix it.
Without seeing it in person, I'm guessing the cable that's on it is too short for the setup, thereby bending the control handle all the time.

I don't know if you can see it that well in this picture, but the right hand control is original and what I'd expect to see on yours:
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Mine is a different model from yours but here are pictures released and with the lever pressed hard against the handle. I didn't have a spring anywhere in the cable.

Any chance someone put too big a spring on the engagement lever by the belt ??

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I don't see any pictures so unsure that you have.
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