November 1, 2018

Snowblower parts and supplies to stock up on video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Snowblower parts and supplies to stock up on video.

Avoid snowblower downtime and keep your machine running efficiently all winter by stocking up on key parts and supplies. This video shows you the 5 things you should have on hand before the next big snowstorm.

If you need more help to get your snowblower running again, check out our DIY page for repair guides, symptom troubleshooting, videos and articles.

5 snowblower parts and supplies to keep on hand

Shear pinsYou never know when you’ll hit a rock or other foreign object hidden under the snow.

Spark plugs. A fresh spark plug helps keep that engine running smoothly in the dead of winter.

Chute clean-out tool. Never stick your arm in the auger housing or discharge chute to remove packed snow.

Snow-Jet spray. Keep the snow blowing with this nonstick spray that eliminates snow buildup in the chute and auger housing.

Fuel stabilizer. Keep your snowblower’s gasoline fresh to avoid engine-starting problems.

Other nice-to-have parts—especially if your snowblower is older or you blow out all the neighbors’ driveways, too—include skid shoes, drive belts, an extra shave plate and spare tire chains.

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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.

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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.