April 20, 2023

Gas Snowblower: Why doesn't my snowblower self propel?

Inspect the drive clutch cable and adjust if it's loose. Check the drive belt for excessive wear and replace it if necessary. Reinstall the drive belt if it slipped off a pulley. A worn friction disc won't propel the snowblower so check the friction disc and replace it if it's worn.

The snowblower also won't move with the auger housing or scraper blade scraping the ground. Tighten the scraper blade if it's loose and replace it if damaged. Adjust or replace the skid shoes to lift the auger housing to the proper height. Check the tires and rims and replace a rim if it doesn't spin smoothly on the axle. Tune up the engine if it runs rough and doesn't have enough power to propel the snowblower.

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THESE REPAIRS MAY HELP SOLVE YOUR GAS SNOWBLOWER PROBLEM

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Adjust or replace the snowblower skid shoes

The skid shoes control the height of the auger housing. They wear down over time. Adjust the skid shoes as needed to maintain the proper height of the auger housing. Skid shoes are reversible; turn them over if one side is worn out. Replace them when both sides are worn out.

Adjust or replace the snowblower skid shoes

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February 9, 2021

How to replace snowblower skid shoes

A snowblower shave plate and auger scraping the ground is a strong indication of worn skid shoes. This DIY repair guide shows how to replace both skid shoes in 4 easy steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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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.

Adjust or replace the snowblower belts

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December 1, 2015

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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Replace the snowblower friction disc

The friction disc is attached to the axle that drives the tires to move the snowblower. Examine the friction wheel to see if it's preventing the snowblower from moving. If the friction disc is worn or damaged, replace it.

Snowblower friction disc

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December 1, 2015

How to replace a snowblower friction disc

Is your snowblower moving slowly or stopping, or feel like it's slipping? It could be that the friction disc (also called the friction wheel) is worn. This repair guide shows how to replace a snowblower friction disc in less than 30 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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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.

Do a snowblower tune-up

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December 7, 2022

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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Repair or replace the snowblower tire or wheel rim

Inspect the tires should be inspected before each use. If a tire is flat, repair or replace it. If the wheel rim is damaged, replace it.

Repair or replace the snowblower tire or wheel rim

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Adjust the snowblower drive clutch cable

The drive clutch cable moves the drive wheel into contact with the friction disc, which rotates the axle so the snowblower moves. If the cable isn't moving the drive wheel into contacts the friction wheel, adjust the cable.

Adjust the snowblower drive clutch cable

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Symptoms for gas snowblowers

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Main causes: dirty carburetor, clogged fuel filter, dirty spark plug, incorrect valve lash, leaky engine gaskets
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: punctured tire, damaged rim
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
Things to do: replace the spark plug, change the oil, rebuild the carburetor, adjust valve lash, adjust or replace the belts
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.

How to replace a snowblower fuel filter

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

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes

To prevent snowblower auger and shave plate damage, adjust the skid shoes regularly to keep the shave plate ¼-inch high. It's an easy adjustment that you can handle yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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

Articles and videos common to all snowblowers

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

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Snowblower won’t start – 4 easy DIY fixes

Snowblower won’t start – 4 easy DIY fixes

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How to make your snowblower last longer

How to make your snowblower last longer

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What are the major parts of a snowblower?

What are the major parts of a snowblower?

Learn about major functional parts of your snowblower and when to replace them.