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, 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 auger control video.

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

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 store a snowblower.

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

November 1, 2014
How to lubricate a snowblower auger shaft video.

This video shows how to how and where to lubricate the auger shaft on a snowblower.

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 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 replace snowblower skid shoes video.

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

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.

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 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 engage a snowblower drive video.

Learn how to operate the drive control on your snowblower. Engaging the drive allows you to move forward and in reverse.

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

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

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