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Need help finding information for buying parts for my Craftsman II 5/23 snow blower.

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When I need information or need to locate a part I just go onto the Sears Parts Direct website. I have attached the link below for you to view so you can explore the many different parts that Sears has to offer. I have attached the link below. Hope you find what you are looking for. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

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Alina F. -
October 22, 2010
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Thanks Alina for the reply. I'm sorry I had abbreviated the address in my description of my problem. But the http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action is the full address that I had gone to (and then called their toll free number). they finally sent me to the managemylife.com website to get answers. These are the drawing diagrams that they had for my snow blower on the searspartsdirect.com site when I puched in the model number: 536.886520. As I said in the first post please notice where this pulley (with the arrow) is on the photo and notice the lack of this pulley on the engine drawing even the belt guide is even in the wrong spot).I think this is the wrong drawing for my snowblower - thus I can't find the part numbers I need etc. to order them at the searspartsdirect.com website or by phone. Please note: These drawings are sears property, I do not claim to own them and are only posting them here on their sears webstie to have a sears employee or somebody on this website to help me find the parts I need. Someone please help. This thread is not closed yet. Thank you in advance.

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Fixing_Snow_Blower -
October 23, 2010
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I see the difference you are talking about. Your engine has a crankshaft and a pto shaft for the 2 pulleys.

The oil seals you need are engine parts and to get the part numbers you need to look at a parts diagram of the engine.

Our information shows the engine model number is 143.804072, which is the number you sent. Our parts system does not recognize model 143.804072.

Look on the engine for the model number and if you get a number different than 143.804072 enter it as the model number at [www.searspartsdirect.com]. You should get a parts diagram and can get the seal part numbers.

If your engine is model 143.804072, remove the seals without damaging or obliterating any numbers. Take the seals to a local bearing supply store and they can match the numbers with seals that will work. You might also search the seal numbers on "Google" and find replacement seals.

The belt part numbers for your snow thrower are:

313918MA BELT V 3L 36 1 $14.55 GARDN - BELT V 3L 36.8, 3526MA BELT V 4L 30 1 $17.37 GARDN - Substituted for 71 536 3526 - BELT V 4L 30.7 AUGE

I have sent you the physical lengths and width of the belts in case you need to purchase them locally.

I wish I could give you the information you need on your engine, our system doesn't give me anything on Tecumseh engine model 143.804072.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 23, 2010
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Thank you Jimmy K, Here is some information that might help shed some light on the subject: 1. Yes the number stamped into the metal on the engine (which was located on the top of the engine pulley shroud) reads: 143 804072. Instead of a period in the number you cited it has a space after the third number). I think I may have mistakenly called it a Tecumseh engine because the only brand I could find on the engine came off the bottom of the carburetor float bowl which was stamped into the metal on it. I'm sorry for that wild goose chase, I had assumed that one part of the engine made by a manufacturer meant the whole engine was made by the same manufacturer. 2. Thank you for the V belt info and how to find the right belts. I understand what you mean by taking the old oil seals and taking them down to the local bearing store. 3. If searspartsdirect.com site cannot recognize my engine number... How will I be able to get the gasket for the cylinder cover on the side of the engine (behind the pulleys) if I'm going to put these oil seals in? (I'm assuming that the gasket may fall apart as the cover is removed). I was going to purchase a gasket kit for the engine if they had it (so I wouldn't have to keep buying another gasket bit by bit). Am I wrong to assume that I will need to take the side cylinder cover off to do the oil seal operation? I see there is some horizontal freeplay on the crankshaft a sixteenth of an inch to an eighth of an inch. I can move the shaft slightly in and out of the side cylinder cover. What might this be an indication of? I know the snowblower looks old and it sounds like it may be wearing out and I could just buy a new one, but my dad passed away this spring and left me it. I refuse to let it fall apart, just get piece mealed, or run it into the ground. My intention is to fix it up a little bit better than how I received it. I'm also trying to find a manual for it to service it etc. Any help you have is greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Fixing_Snow_Blower -
October 23, 2010
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The engine on your snowthrower was made for The Noma company and Sears by Tecumseh. This complicates getting information on the engine since Tecumseh Engines is no longer in business. I am sorry I forgot to address the gasket issue you will have. When you remove the front cover of the engine you should be able to salvage a piece of the gasket. You can take that piece to an auto parts store and buy a piece of bulk gasket material the same thickness. Put the gasket material on the front cover and tap around it and tap in the holes with a ball peen hammer to mark it, then cut the gasket and make the holes in it. An 8th or a 16th inch end play is ok for the crankshaft. There has naturally been some wear on the spacer washers on the crankshaft. I wouldn't worry about the end play. The snowthrower looks to be in good shape for an 89 model. I understand how you feel and hope the repair works out for you. Finding a repair manual will be difficult. I would check at a small engine repair shop and see if they will let you copy some pages from a Tecumseh manual. The 5/23 means 5 horsepower, 23 inch width on the auger housing. Tecumseh manuals typically cover several models of engines and you should be able to find one locally to copy.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 23, 2010
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Thanks again Jimmy K! You helped me out quite a bit. Now for the rubber to meet the road... off to the auto repair store I go! :)

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Fixing_Snow_Blower -
October 23, 2010
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Hello again, Here is the cylinder lid cover on the side of that Tecumseh engine. As you can see it has two holes in it (that go all the way through) it for the main shaft and the PTO or for the extended cam shaft. Thought I'd post a picture to show anyone else out there looking for the same thing. I got acknoldgement that there is an extended shaft on that). :) The photos dont show it well, but as you can see the rod shaft got gouged and basically was shaving away at the rod - thus the really bad free play I had on it. The lid part inside the races of it (where this pto/ cam shaft goes are pretty badly worn and gouged also. Even though I did two oil changes on it before I tore it apart I could not see all the tiny particles of metal in it until I opened this up. Anyways I am going to try and replace these parts. O' Rielys found the number for the gasket, which is: 7-02814 which came in a package of 10. I think I found oil seals with them too. By the way Jimmy K, just knowing that it was made for the Noma company also helped us sift through the book at O Rielys. So Kudos! I think I got a line on the small shaft by contacting Tecumseh Power. (Tecumseh confuses me... are they still manufacturing? but not these engines anymore? I thought they quit period).

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Fixing_Snow_Blower -
October 25, 2010
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Thank you for the pictures you sent. I see the wear on the pto shaft and the engine cover. I am glad you are finding the parts you need. We were told Tecumseh had shut down their engine manufacturing plants and had no parts. I think they are still manufacturing refrigeration compressors. I hope you are able to get the engine running ok.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 25, 2010
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Hi Jimmy...I have a quick question for the Master: I have a Craftsman Snowblower 5/23 Model # 536-886510 that I keep blowing auger belts on. I just took it all apart, and it appears that the main auger bearing is bad (the one right in front of the pulley bolted to the housing), and I was wondering if you have a P/N + know where I can get a replacement? Thanks in advance!!! Jeff

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Jeff -
December 28, 2010
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You can see a parts list and diagram for the snowthrower at [www.partsdirect.com?sid=MMLxexpertxmerch]. The auger shaft bearing is shown on the "auger housing assembly" page. The bearing you described is item 24. The part number of the bearing is 761508MA , and the cost is $44.20. You can order the bearing on the parts direct page. If there is a problem getting the bearing, you can take the old bearing to a local bearing supply store and they can usually find a matching bearing.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
December 30, 2010
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