Snowblower repair guides

Whether you need to replace the carburetor or adjust the engine's valve lash, these repair guides and videos can help you get your snowblower back in action. And Sears PartsDirect has more snowblower DIY repair help for you, including troubleshooting tips and maintenance advice. Search your model to find a complete list of replacement parts, then order the part you need. Sears PartsDirect has replacement parts for major snowblower brands such as Craftsman, Ariens, Poulan, Snapper and Husqvarna.

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Repair guides common to all 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 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 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 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
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
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 electric starter

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

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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
Articles and videos for gas snowblowers

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

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 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.