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Hello, I have a craftsman garden (model###-##-#### with 48 inch craftsman snowthrower bought together. In the past, when blowing heavy snow, the engine would "kick in" extra power to get the job done. No under the same conditions, it will not have that extra gear-like it's been reduced to a single stage. It would throw 40 feet, now it's about 15-20 feet. Recommendations?

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old the engine is? And has it done anything like this in the past?

It is about 16 years and otherwise good working order with no prev. history noted of current prob.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Potentially

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Just ideas with your hopefully vast experience to give me the three top possible problems and go from there.

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