Gas Snowblower: Needs tune-up

A snowblower tune-up is a good idea at the start of every winter to keep your machine operating at peak efficiency. Our snowblower tune-up video walks you through the steps.

There may also be times during the winter that your snowblower needs a little extra TLC. If the snowblower runs rough, adjust the engine's valve lash and rebuild the carburetor. If you can't start the snowblower, you may need to replace the spark plug, fuel line or fuel filter.

If the engine runs well but the auger spins sluggishly or the snowblower lurches when driving, adjust or replace the belts.

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These repairs may help solve your gas snowblower problem

Do a snowblower tune-up

Do a snowblower tune-up

A tune-up restores the snowblower to its peak operating condition. A tune-up includes changing the oil, cleaning the engine, replacing the air filter, checking the ignition system, inspecting the carburetor, testing the battery, adjusting the throttle and choke controls, and adjusting and lubricating all moving parts.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower spark plug

If your snowblower won't start, the spark plug could be fouled or damaged. This DIY repair guide shows how to set the gap and replace the snowblower spark plug in 3 quick steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Clean and  rebuild the snowblower carburetor

Clean and rebuild the snowblower carburetor

Rebuild kits are available for most carburetors. The kit contains the essential components such as jets, pins, seals and gaskets to overhaul the carburetor. You can sometimes fix a fuel supply problem by disassembling and cleaning a carburetor. Use the rebuild kit to rebuild the carburetor after cleaning it.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to rebuild a snowblower carburetor

The snowblower carburetor mixes air and fuel going to the engine. You might need to rebuild the carburetor if the snowblower won't start or dies soon after starting.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Adjust or replace the snowblower belts

Adjust or replace the snowblower belts

A worn or loose belt can slip or squeal when the snowblower is in use. Physically examine the belt and pulleys. If the belt is worn, replace it. If the belt is sound, adjust the pulleys to tighten the belt.

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

A squealing or slipping snowblower auger belt is a sign that the belt is wearing out. This DIY snowblower repair guide and video show how to replace the auger belt.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Adjust the snowblower valve lash

Adjust the snowblower valve lash

The snowblower valve lash is the amount of clearance between the top of the valve stem and the rocker arm. Incorrect valve lash prevents the snowblower valve from opening or closing properly. valve lash is incorrect, the snowblower engine is hard to start, runs poorly and loses power. Premature valve failure also results from improper valve lash. Check valve lash after the first 25 hours of use and then every 100 hours. Adjust the valve lash if the snowblower engine won't start or runs poorly.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to adjust a snowblower valve lash

When a snowblower's engine loses power or is hard to start, it could mean the valve lash needs adjusting. This snowblower repair guide and video show how to adjust the valve lash in 30 minutes.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the snowblower fuel filter

Replace the snowblower fuel filter

The snowblower fuel filter screens particles from the gasoline as fuel moves from the fuel tank to the carburetor. Fuel won't flow if the snowblower fuel filter clogs. Replace the fuel filter if it's clogged or damaged.

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

When a snowblower won't start, it could be a clogged fuel filter isn't letting gas into the carburetor. This DIY repair guide and video explain how to replace a snowblower fuel filter in less than 30 minutes.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the snowblower fuel line

Replace the snowblower fuel line

A cracked or broken snowblower fuel line leaks gas, creating a fire hazard. Inspect the snowblower fuel line regularly and replace it if it's cracked or damaged.

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

If your snowblower's engine won't start, the carburetor might not be getting any gas because of a cracked fuel line. This snowblower repair guide and video show how to replace the fuel line in just 30 minutes.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the snowblower spark plug

Replace the snowblower spark plug

The snowblower spark plug creates the spark that ignites the fuel, creating a controlled explosion in the cylinder to move the piston that drives the engine. The spark plug won't create spark if deposits build up on the spark plug electrode or if the ceramic insulation cracks. Replace the snowblower spark plug if it's fouled or damaged.

December 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a snowblower spark plug

If your snowblower won't start, the spark plug could be fouled or damaged. This DIY repair guide shows how to set the gap and replace the snowblower spark plug in 3 quick steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Symptoms for gas snowblowers

Choose a symptom to see related snowblower repairs.

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: 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
Main causes: clogged chute, snow build-up in auger housing, broken auger shear pins, auger drive belt needs adjustment, auger cable problems
Main causes: stale gas, clogged carburetor, clogged or broken fuel line, dirty spark plug, bad rewind starter, incorrect valve lash
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel
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 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
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.

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 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

How to adjust a snowblower chute control rod video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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