Resolved! What To Do When Your Snow Thrower Does Not Start

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After our first snow of the season, I pulled the snowblower out of the shed, but the hell of it didn’t start. It worked fine the last time I used it, about nine months ago. Any tips or tricks on how to get it to work again on my own, or should I take it up and running?

A:Like all motorized equipment, snow throwers require periodic maintenance to operate efficiently. Honda snowblower service Still, because yours performed fine the last time you used it, there’s a good chance the problem is something minor that you can fix on your own. Before trying the troubleshooting utilities below to fix a snowblower that won’t start, remove your owner’s manual (or download a copy from the manufacturer’s website). While virtually all snowblowers have the same components – valves, filters, gas tanks, carburetors, fuel lines, and switches – their configurations vary by brand, so the manual will help you locate and identify them. .

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Make sure all switches and valves are in the correct starting position. Today’s snow throwers have many switches, knobs, and valves all of which must be in the correct position for the machine to start. Your manual may require the throttle to be in the “High” position, the fuel shutoff valve in the “Open” position, the choke in the “Full” position and the operation switch set to “On”. A few snow blowers even use pictures instead of words. Check that all switches and valves are set according to the manufacturer’s specifications, otherwise your snow thrower will not start.

Drain and replace the old gas in the tank. Since your snow thrower has been idle for months, the gas could easily have developed gummy residue, which can make starting the machine difficult. Siphon off the old stuff with a small siphon pump and follow these steps on how to dispose of gasoline. Then fill the tank with fresh gas and try to restart it.

Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Even if you have drained and filled the gas tank, the residue of the old gas could clog the carburetor. To dissolve it, try adding a fuel stabilizer, a gasoline treatment product that helps liquefy the residue. Add it to the snow thrower’s gas tank at the rate specified on the container, Honda snowblower service then try to start the machine. Even if it doesn’t start immediately, keep starting (pulling the starter cord repeatedly) to help run fresh fuel and stabilizer through the carburetor. If the snow thrower does not start, wait an hour or two to give the fuel stabilizer more time to dissolve the residue, then try again.

 Improve the Scraping of a Snow Blower

Each snow thrower, whether one or two stages, has a scraper blade at the bottom of the auger housing. This is the part that scrapes snow off the sidewalk and other surfaces to be cleaned. As it is used, the friction between the blade and the pavement slowly wears down the scraper bar material and, depending on the frequency of use, could wear out the scraper bar after only one or two seasons. When the blade wears too much, your snowblower will not scrape all the snow from the clearing surface and leave the snow behind. Spring-loaded scraper bars, which are common on single-stage snow throwers, are self-adjusting and usually compensate for wear on their own, but The two-stage snow thrower’s scraper blades will need to be adjusted manually.

Adjusting the Clearance Height of the Snow Thrower

The clearance height of the two-stage snow thrower can be changed by adjusting the skids, which are the two steel plates attached to the outside of the snow thrower’s housing. Adjust the snow thrower for gravel inlets by lowering the adjustable skids to increase the height of your snow thrower housing and scraper bar. The higher snow thrower clearances are best for cleaning gravel or other surfaces that you wouldn’t want to pick up with your snow thrower. Raising the snow thrower shoes lowers the auger housing and decreases the height between the scraper bar and the clearance surface.

The shoes are adjusted to simply raise or lower the height of your snow thrower, but  they will also need to be adjusted each time an adjustment is made to the scraper blade  so that an effective clearance height is maintained. To adjust the snow thrower shoes: