December 01, 2014

5 snowblower tips and tricks

5 snowblower tips and tricks.
5 snowblower tips and tricks.

Your snowblower makes it so much easier to clear the snowy mess from your sidewalks and driveways.

These tips help your snowblower clear snow as efficiently as it can, so you can return to the warmth of your home faster. 

Once you're done reading the tips, check out our snowblower repair guide page for more tips, answers to most frequently asked questions, repair guides and other articles and videos. Shop Sears PartsDirect for all your snowblower replacement parts, too.

Snowblower tips and tricks

  1. If possible, blow snow that's newly fallen, before it gets packed down or hardens.

  2. If you keep the snowblower in a heated garage, move the snowblower outside for 5-10 minutes and let it adjust to the outdoor temperature. Then, start the engine and let it warm up for a few minutes. Letting it adjust to the outdoor temperature allows the engine start and adjust to the operating air temperature for smoother and steady running.

  3. Before you start, spray a small amount of silicone spray inside the chute to prevent clogging. If the chute starts to clog, pause to allow the chute to clear. If the chute clogs completely, turn off your snow blower and then use the clean-out tool that came with your machine or a thin wooden stick to remove clog.

  4. Start out slowly, increasing your speed only to the point where you feel the engine is working at peak efficiency. If the engine strains, slow down or blow a smaller swath of snow.

  5. For deeper snow, push down on the handles to raise the front and make a first pass to remove the upper layer of snow, and the do a second pass to remove the rest.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

Choose a symptom to see related snowblower repairs.

Main causes: dirty carburetor, clogged fuel filter, dirty spark plug, incorrect valve lash, leaky engine gaskets
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel
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: broken shear pins, worn or loose auger drive belt, auger drive cable failure, damaged auger, bad gear case
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
Things to do: replace the spark plug, change the oil, rebuild the carburetor, adjust valve lash, adjust or replace the belts
Main causes: clogged chute, damaged auger blades, broken shear pins, worn auger belt, damaged gear case, engine problems

Repair guides for gas snowblowers

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

How to replace a snowblower fuel filter

Replace the fuel filter on your snowblower if it's clogged or damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes

To prevent snowblower auger and shave plate damage, adjust the skid shoes regularly to keep the shave plate ¼-inch high. It's an easy adjustment that you can handle yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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

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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