Model #31AM62EE799 MTD Snowthrower, Gas

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Q:

24 inch Craftsman Snowblower Not Starting

A:

Its that time of year to pull out your snow thrower and keep the snow maintained in your yard. I have included a link below that may help you get your snow thrower running back to it's proper use. I hope this link helps!

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Jacqueline S -
December 02, 2010
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I'm wondering what the oil looks like in the engine. The screeching noise is what drives me to that line of thinking.

Was the machine stored with any fuel in it? If so, the carburetor is going to need to be serviced and possibly replaced.

Pick up a can of carb/choke cleaner from any auto parts store. Take the air filter off the engine a spray a 2-4 second burst of the cleaner down the throat of the carburetor, and then try to start. If the machine starts and funs for a few seconds and then dies, there is a problem with the carburetor. If you spray the cleaner and can't get it to do anything, you may need to contact Sears Home Services to have a technician come take a look at the machine. That noise you described hearing bothers me as that is not something you should normally hear.

Let me know what it looks like with the oil and if gas was left in it during the off season.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
December 03, 2010
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snowblower blows out white smoke

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Paul -
November 08, 2012
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Paul,

I will be happy to assist you. White smoke is caused by burning oil. I recommend checking the oil level first. If it is over full with oil you need to drain some of the oil out. Once you have the oil level adjusted start the engine and let it run. The smoking should stop within 5 minutes.

If the oil level is fine I wonder if you tipped the unit for service. If you had it could a small amount of oil to get into the crankcase breather. If this is the case I recommend starting the engine and the smoke should stop within 5 minutes.

If the smoking does not stop or lighten, up within 5 minutes. Turn the engine off and have it serviced by a technician. I suspect the engine has an internal problem.

Please let me know what happens.

Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 11, 2012
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I had a similar sounding issue and after checking everything else I checked the valves and one was stuck. It was a quick fix and now runs fine.

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Scott -
November 29, 2015
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Electric start is not engaging. Hear it. Not catching gear. Has done this since new. Has gotten worse. Is there an adjustment or is the starter broken. 31AM62EE799 Mtd Snow thrower

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Mine has also done the same since new. If I keep hitting the button it will eventually engage...not impressed. Not sure why but I think it just may need some adjusting, haven't taken the time to look at it though.

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Scott -
November 29, 2015
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CARBURATOR 31AM62EE799 Mtd Snow thrower

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Thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com and for being a valued member.

Having to have the choke on or partially on for the engine to run smooth indicates there is a blocked or partially blocked fuel jet within the carburetor.

I would pull the carb from the engine. With a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through and clean the main jet; I would recommend a very thorough cleaning. Start by taking off the float bowl. Douse it very liberally with carb cleaner, and undo the pin for the float, and remove the needle and float. Clean them very thoroughly with the wire brush and carb cleaner. Pay close attention to the seat the needle sits in and clean it well. Once clean, start brushing the carb bowl and body and make sure you get all the varnish out. It may take three or four brushings with carb cleaner dousing in-between. From there, take the straw of the carb cleaner and shoot carb cleaner through any little hole or passageway of the carb. Shoot out the throat of the carb and poke the main jet with the bread tie wire. You have to make sure you get everything the first time, if you leave anything behind, it’s likely to reclog once you have it reassembled. 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
October 06, 2014
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I have been adding "Sea Foam" carb cleaner to the gas,,,,about a teaspoon per tank,,,,should I be adding more to try an clear the carb without disassembly?? Can I disolve the varnish without pulling the carb apart??

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Norman -
January 28, 2015
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