November 1, 2016

How to install a static charge grounding kit on your snowblower video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to install a static charge grounding kit on your snowblower video.

When it’s really cold and dry outside, static electricity can build up in a snowblower chute and discharge through you, giving you a nasty shock when you touch the snowblower. Sears PartsDirect sells a static charge grounding harness that’s easy to install and includes everything you need to fix that static shock problem. This video shows how to ground the chute by connecting it to the engine shroud with that kit. 

For more troubleshooting advice on snowblower problems and installing replacement parts in your snowblower, see our snowblower repair help page.

Parts and tools needed

Installing a static charge grounding kit

Hi, this is Wayne from Sears PartsDirect. Today we're going to install a kit to help prevent shocks from static electricity that builds up in your snowblower chute during the cold winter months. Before you start, park the snowblower in a level area and remove the ignition key. Allow the engine to cool. Use a 1/2-inch socket to remove the lock nut from the tilt mechanism on the chute. Install the larger stud terminal of the grounding harness onto the bolt. Install a washer on each side of the harness terminal connector, then reinstall the lock nut. Tighten the lock nut firmly so that the terminal doesn't rotate with the tilt mechanism.

Connect the other end of the grounding harness to the muffler shield bolt on the lower left side of the engine. Carefully bend the barrel of the terminal away from the muffler shield so that the cable isn't resting against the shield. Secure the grounding harness loosely to the chute support bracket using a 7-inch cable tie. Mark the grounding harness 18-inches from the tilt mechanism terminal. This will be the location of the farthest cable tie from the terminal. Connect the grounding cable to the front tilt cable using a 4-inch cable tie, leaving enough slack in the grounding cable to allow free movement when adjusting the chute tilt. Install 3 more evenly spaced cable ties along the grounding cable and front tilt cable to secure them together. Trim the loose ends from the cable ties.

Hey, thanks for watching. Be sure to check out our other videos, here on the Sears PartsDirect YouTube Channel, and don't forget to subscribe.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

Choose a symptom to see related snowblower repairs.

Main causes: stale gas, clogged carburetor, clogged or broken fuel line, dirty spark plug, bad rewind starter, incorrect valve lash
Main causes: broken shear pins, worn or loose auger drive belt, auger drive cable failure, damaged auger, bad gear case
Main causes: loose drive clutch cable, damaged drive clutch cable, worn friction disc, scraper blade scraping the ground, engine problems
Main causes: punctured tire, damaged rim
Main causes: snow build-up in chute, chute drive mechanism failure, bad chute control assembly
Main causes: clogged chute, damaged auger blades, broken shear pins, worn auger belt, damaged gear case, engine problems
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel
Main causes: clogged chute, snow build-up in auger housing, broken auger shear pins, auger drive belt needs adjustment, auger cable problems
Things to do: replace the spark plug, change the oil, rebuild the carburetor, adjust valve lash, adjust or replace the belts
Repair guides for gas snowblowers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your snowblower.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower spark plug

You need a spark to fire up the engine of your snowblower, and that spark comes from a spark plug. You can replace one in minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower stop switch

Replace the stop switch on your snowblower if your engine won't start.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower skid shoe

To prevent damage to your snowblower auger, replace the skid shoes when both sides of the shoe are worn. It's an easy repair that you can handle yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
Articles and videos for gas snowblowers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your snowblower.

November 1, 2014
How to lubricate a snowblower auger shaft video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

This video shows how to how and where to lubricate the auger shaft on a snowblower.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust a snowblower shift cable video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

This video shows how to adjust a snowblower's shift cable.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

See how to periodically adjust the skid shoes on a snowblower so they are flush with the ground.