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Solved- Traction Belt Replacement Craftsman 26" SnowThrower

I replaced the traction and the auger belts last year but the tensioner spring on the idler pulley came loose, causing the traction belt to be destroyed. I was trying to put the new belt on today but can't figure out where the other end of the spring attaches to , must be somewhere on the frame, does anyone know off hand?

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I replaced the traction and the auger belts last year but the tensioner spring on the idler pulley came loose, causing the traction belt to be destroyed. I was trying to put the new belt on today but can't figure out where the other end of the spring attaches to , must be somewhere on the frame, does anyone know off hand?
Without knowing exactly what craftsman you have, I am attaching a photo from a 27 inch unit we were discussing yesterday. This one had the spring in the wrong place, and the yellow line with the oval circle indicates where it goes on THAT model. Probably not much different, but if yours doesn't look anything like this, then send a picture so we can figure it out.

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Thanks. The model # is 536.886260 I am enclosing the 2 pages of the manual on belt replacement which is not very helpful & does not mention the spring. I located the pictures I took of belt replacement I took last year, Belt-springB-2014 shows the spring, can't see exactly where attached -the tension is supposed to be pulling it away from the camera, the traction belt is closer to the engine block.
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Ok, solved, I believe, as my late Daddy used to say: "almost like we knew what we were doin'." Had the ilder arm going the wrong way, that's why could not see where the spring attached to, obviously the idler pulley has to move inward on the belt, from outside in, to keep it tight. Also had not seen the sentence buried in the manual "Loosen the bolts on each side of the motor mount frame. The auger housing and the motor mount frame will separate, hinged by the bolts." They want you to do that after standing the blower up on the front end of the auger housing. I think it was better as I did it-with the blower on its wheels in normal position-just brace the handles so it does not fall backwards. Then you can work from the front in. Where the spring in question attaches to it right next to the spring for the auger idler, shown in the 3d photo in top row, circled just beneath that pulley for the auger.

One more question, that belt guide rod shown just above the auger belt in attachmt "Capture" -how close is that supposed to be, like shown? Just above but not touching? And just check, are those belts right? In "Capture 14" the lower end of the auger idler assembly is supposed to be outside the belt as circled, it seems that's the only way it can be. I ran it, seemed ok. But last year it seemed ok until the traction belt shredded, but that was because the spring on the idler pulley came off.
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The belt guide in picture 1 is fine. The purpose is to keep the belt from lifting off the pulley and you could raise it another 1/4" if you wanted to.

Picture 14 shows the correct position of the idler arm. The pad at the bottom touching the pulley is the auger brake and lifts away from the pulley when the auger handle is squeezed and rubs on the pulley stopping the auger when the handle is release. You did a

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