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.
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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.
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