Snowblower articles

These snowblower articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you use your snowblower effectively and safely. From how to troubleshoot why your snowblower won't start or blow snow to how to adjust skid shoes or change the oil, we have the advice and tips to help you keep your equipment running for years. For more DIY advice, check out our snowblower repair help section for troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step repair instructions.

Gas Snowblowers

Articles and videos common to all gas snowblowers

November 1, 2018
Snowblower parts and supplies to stock up on video.

Keep these 5 things on hand so you’re ready for the next big snowstorm.

November 1, 2016
How to install a static charge grounding kit on your snowblower video.

Install this kit to prevent shocks by static electricity that builds up in the snowblower chute.

October 1, 2016
How to tune up a snowblower video.

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

January 1, 2016
Snowblower engine won't start:troubleshooting tips video.

Check out these tips for getting your snowblower to start.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust a snowblower chute control rod video.

See how to replace the chute control rod on a snowblower.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust a snowblower auger control video.

This video shows how to adjust a snowblower's auger control.

November 1, 2014
How to store a snowblower.

Protect your snowblower's engine and body by preparing it for after-season storage.

November 1, 2014
How to replace a snowblower shave plate video.

Learn how to replace a snowblower shave plate.

November 1, 2014
Snowblower common questions.

Find answers to questions many people ask about snowblowers.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust a snowblower shift cable video.

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

November 1, 2014
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes video.

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

November 1, 2014
How to check a snowblower spark plug video.

See how to check the spark plug for spark, to make sure it's clean and correctly gapped.

November 1, 2014
How to replace a snowblower belt video.

See how to replace the auger belt and the drive belt on a snowblower at the same time.

November 1, 2014
How to use basic snowblower controls video.

This video shows how to operate a snowblower's basic controls, including the shift lever, choke, throttle, primer and more.

November 1, 2014
How to adjust a snowblower drive control video.

Learn how to tighten a snowblower drive control if the drive slips or doesn't engage, and how to loosen it if the snowblower creeps when you disengage the drive.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

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

Replace the fuel line on your snowblower if it's cracked or damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
January 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower shear pin

The shear pin breaks if you hit hard-packed snow, to protect the engine from damage. Your snowblower auger won't rotate until you fix it. You can replace it in about 10 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less