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

December 6, 2020
Snowblower common questions

Find answers to questions many people ask about snowblowers.

October 1, 2019
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.

December 28, 2018
Carburetor assembly for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

This chart will help you find the right carburetor for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

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
Start-of-winter snowblower care.

Get your snowblower ready for winter before winter arrives, so you don't have to mess with it while snow piles up.

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.

January 1, 2016
Snowblower chute won't turn: troubleshooting chute control and gearbox problems video.

Learn how to replace the chute control assembly and gearbox if the chute on your snowblower won't turn.

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 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 lubricate snowblower wheels video.

This short video shows how to remove and lubricate the wheels on a snowblower.

November 1, 2014
How to assemble a snowblower video.

See how to put a snowblower together, from taking it out of the carton to adjusting the tire pressure.

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

This short video shows how to lubricate a snowblower drive hex shaft.

November 1, 2014
How to start a snowblower engine video.

Learn how to start a snowblower engine, whether it has a pull starter or electric starter.

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 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

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