December 1, 2015

How to replace a snowblower electric starter

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower electric starter

This DIY snowblower repair guide explains how to replace the electric starter. Make sure the engine spins normally by pulling the recoil starter rope before replacing the starter; if the engine is locked up, the electric starter won't spin the engine. If the starter won't spin to start the engine when activated and is plugged into a working wall outer, replace the electric starter using the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Replace the electric starter on Craftsman, Husqvarna, MTD, Troybilt, Murray, Poulan, Ariens, Snapper, Yard-Man and Noma snowblowers using the steps in this guide.

Quick links
Tools required
Socket wrench set with ratchet
Phillips screwdriver
Torque wrench
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Replacing an electric starter on a snowblower

This video explains how to replace the electric starter on a snowblower.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the spark plug wire

    Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.

  2. 02.

    Remove the electric starter

    Remove the two screws that secure the switch box to the engine.

    Pull the switch box away from the engine and let it hang by the power cord going to the starter motor.

    Remove the two starter motor mounting screws and pull the starter motor off the engine.

    Remove the starter switch screws.

    Remove the starter switch screws.

    Pull the switch away.

    Pull the switch away.

    Remove the starter motor screws.

    Remove the starter motor screws.

    Remove the starter.

    Remove the starter.

  3. 03.

    Install the new electric starter

    Position the new starter motor on the engine and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Tighten the mounting screws to 53- to 71-inch-pounds using a torque wrench.

    Position the switch box on the bracket and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Tip: If you don't have a torque wrench, tighten the starter motor mounting screws firmly using a regular ratchet handle.
    Reinstall the starter motor.

    Reinstall the starter motor.

    Reinstall the switch screws.

    Reinstall the switch screws.

  4. 04.

    Reconnect the spark plug

    Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.

Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

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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

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Repair difficulty
Time required
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Repair difficulty
Time required
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By Lyle Weischwill
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Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

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