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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Electric starter

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Socket wrench set with ratchet
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Torque wrench
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Unplug the starter from the wall outlet.


 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.

Replacing an Electric Starter on a Snowblower

Step 1: Disconnect the spark plug wire

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Reconnect the spark plug

Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.