Gas Snowblower: Chute won't turn

Clear the snowblower chute if snow build-up prevents the chute from turning. Inspect the drive mechanism of the chute direction system and remove any foreign objects caught in the drive system.

If the drive system is clear, adjust the cable, shaft or gears that move the chute. Replace the chute control box or 4-way chute control assembly if those components won't turn the chute. Our video on how to troubleshoot snowblower chute problems also has tips to help fix the problem.

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These repairs may help solve your gas snowblower problem

Replace the snowblower chute control gearbox

Replace the snowblower chute control gearbox

The snowblower chute gearbox moves the discharge chute left or right as the joystick rotates the chute rod. If the chute control gearbox is damaged or stripped and the discharge chute won't move, replace the snowblower chute gearbox.

How to replace a snowblower chute control gearbox assembly

A stuck snowblower chute could mean the control gearbox is damaged or stripped. This snowblower repair guide and video show how to replace the chute control gearbox assembly in 4 easy steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the snowblower 4-way chute control assembly

Replace the snowblower 4-way chute control assembly

When you move the snowblower joystick on the snowblower 4-way chute control assembly, the joystick turns the snowblower chute rod, which then rotates the snowblower chute control gearbox. Replace the snowblower 4-way chute control assembly if it won't rotate the snowblower chute rod.

How to replace a snowblower 4-way chute control assembly

If your snowblower chute is stuck, it could mean a broken chute control gear box, chute rod or control joystick. The parts are all part of the 4-way chute control, and this repair guide and video show how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Adjust or replace the snowblower chute deflector cable

Adjust or replace the snowblower chute deflector cable

Examine the chute deflector cable if the chute defector isn't moving properly. Sometimes the cable just needs to be adjusted. But if the chute deflector cable is damaged or broken, replace it.

Repair the snowblower chute control assembly

Repair the snowblower chute control assembly

Examine the chute control assembly for the cause of a problem with this component. The owner's manual usually shows how to properly assemble and adjust the chute control assembly. Replace the chute control assembly if it's damaged or defective.

Clear the snowblower chute and housing

Clear the snowblower chute and housing

Snow and ice can build up inside the chute and housing, restricting the exit path of the snow being cleared. Shut off the snowblower and clear built-up ice and snow.

Symptoms for gas snowblowers

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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
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.