DIY snowblower repair

A gas snowblower is a lot like insurance: You hope you never have to use it, but when you do, you're glad you have it. If your snowblower isn't working as expected—maybe the auger isn't turning, the chute isn't shooting, or it just won't start—Sears PartsDirect has troubleshooting guidance.

Follow the tips in our snowblower engine won't start video to get your gas snowblower going when it's being difficult. Our snowblower chute won't turn video troubleshoots problems with the snowblower's chute control system. Check out our articles and videos page for additional troubleshooting help and advice on other gas snowblower issues.

Our DIY repair guides show you how to complete common snowblower repairs with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your snowblower, search for your model number.

Gas Snowblowers

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

Choose a symptom to see related snowblower repairs.

Main causes: snow build-up in chute, chute drive mechanism failure, bad chute control assembly
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
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: 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: 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.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower fuel filter

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

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to adjust a snowblower valve lash

Adjust the valve lash on your snowblower engine to keep the engine running smoothly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower friction disc

The friction disc is one of the components of the drive system. If it's worn or damaged, the snowblower won't self-propel. These step-by-step instructions show how to replace the friction disc yourself, in about half an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower auger belt

Squealing snowblower? Probably a worn auger belt. To keep your snowblower blowing snow, replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 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
How to replace a snowblower chute control gearbox assembly

Replace the chute control gearbox on your snowblower if it's stripped or damaged.

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
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 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
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower auger drive cable

A loose or snapped auger drive cable can prevent the auger from rotating. Follow this step-by-step guide to replace the cable

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower electric starter

Replace the electric starter on your snowblower if it doesn't work.

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

Articles and videos for gas snowblowers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your snowblower.

December 28, 2018

Find the right carburetor assembly for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

December 28, 2018

Find the right carburetor kit for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2018

Snowblower parts and supplies to stock up on video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2016

Start-of-winter snowblower care

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Check out these tips for getting your snowblower to start.

January 1, 2016

Snowblower chute won't turn: troubleshooting chute control and gearbox problems video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

January 1, 2016

Snowblower won't blow snow: troubleshooting chute and auger issues video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find out how to clear chute obstructions, replace shear pins and adjust or replace your auger engagement cable if your snowblower won't blow snow.

January 1, 2015

The difference between a single-stage snowblower and a dual-stage snowblower

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn about the differences between a single-stage snowblower and a dual-stage snowblower.

December 1, 2014

5 snowblower tips and tricks

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Use these tips for making your snowblower operation easier and faster.

November 1, 2014

How to store a snowblower

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to adjust a snowblower chute control rod video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to replace a snowblower shave plate video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to replace a snowblower shave plate.

November 1, 2014

How to engage a snowblower drive video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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 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 auger control video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to replace snowblower skid shoes video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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 drive hex shaft video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to lubricate snowblower wheels video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to adjust a snowblower drive control video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

Snowblower common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find answers to questions many people ask about snowblowers.

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.

November 1, 2014

How to assemble a snowblower video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to check a snowblower spark plug video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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 start a snowblower engine video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

November 1, 2014

How to change snowblower oil video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

This video shows how to change the snowblower oil.