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post #11 of 12 Old 01-29-2016, 04:36 PM
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My 624 auger does not generally return fully most the time, it goes about half way. The return springs look a little corroded, and they don't feel like they have as much tension as the ones on my 828. I had the thing tore apart and everything looked fine, so I assume it's a worn return spring. A very simple repair, and it's probably a good idea to make it work properly. If the spring is missing or broken it would do the same thing. The spring is important since it pulls a brake onto the belt so the impeller stops. Otherwise it spins down on its own accord, and this can take a while if its unloaded. I got in the habit of pulling the handle up, since I don't let off the auger much anyways. But replacing that spring is on my to do list.

And for the handles not latching, one of mine wasn't latching when I got it. I dumped some oil on all the suspicious moving bits and it works great now. The one that was working was a little less 'positive' than the newly lubricated one, so I did that one too and they both snap in nicely now.
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-29-2016, 04:50 PM
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From my experience, if I had to get into the engage and return springs area by the belts, I'd replace all four springs ($16.70 + shipping).

I had a drive clutch return spring snap a few years ago and it shredded the drive belt. I ended up replacing all four since it was cheap enough at the time.

The only bummer I encountered was no one had the one spring I needed in stock. It took 2 months to get it. I now have an extra new one and I kept the old ones I took off.

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