January 1, 2016

Snowblower engine won't start: troubleshooting tips video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Snowblower engine won't start:troubleshooting tips video.
Snowblower engine won't start:troubleshooting tips video.

This video from Sears PartsDirect shows what to check if your snowblower engine won’t start, including basic maintenance like how to replace your spark plug and fuel filter, along with more advanced troubleshooting, such as checking continuity, engine compression and valve lash. 

Check out our snowblower repair help page for more troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step repair instructions.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

Choose a symptom to see related snowblower repairs.

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

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 rebuild a snowblower carburetor

Rebuild the carburetor on your snowblower if the engine isn't getting fuel.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a snowblower 4-way chute control assembly

Replace the 4-way chute control assembly on your snowblower if it’s damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 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
 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.

December 6, 2020

Snowblower common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find answers to questions many people ask about snowblowers.

October 1, 2019

How to tune up a snowblower video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Get an overview of the main steps in a snowblower tune-up and click to videos with more details.

November 1, 2014

How to replace snowblower skid shoes video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to replace a worn skid shoe on a snowblower, before the shave plate can be damaged.