Winter is here, and now you find yourself with a snowblower that won’t start. You have 12 inches of snow to clear off your driveway and no desire whatsoever to shovel it off or even to consider having someone else shovel it for you.
But don’t worry! Here are some troubleshooting tips that could save you a lot of time. Using the process of elimination, work your way down the list until your start-up problem is remedied.
If you have any doubts regarding your ability to perform these tasks without causing harm to your body or property, have professional take care of it for you.
Snapper snow blower Troubleshooting
If you have a broken snowblower then we have the solution. Just as regular other engines need regular maintenance, so does your snowblower. Of course, your snowblower may get out of whack every so often.
But there may be times when multiple problems cause your snowblower to malfunction in more than one way.
You’ll need to perform some diagnostics on your equipment in order to determine what is causing your snowblower not to start up and how it can be corrected.
Snapper Snowblower runs unevenly
Check the spark plug and make sure that the insulator is unharmed. If the insulation has been damaged, then the person who installed it did it wrong or it’s a preexisting condition.
Inspect for carbon buildup as well since this could mean that the snowblower isn’t getting enough fuel and burning off too much of its excess at once which can be potentially damaging to the piston head.
If the spark plug is misfiring because of excessive build-up, replace it with a fresh one or clean out the existing build-up with a wire brush before re-installing it.
It might just be overfilled, so ensure that you check this before taking other measures because if you drained out some oil from an overfull engine then promptly replaced it without also adding more first then your engine could become too full of oil which could result in problematic leakage into sensitive areas like the carburetor.
Just take care to not overfill.
Snapper Snowblower Doesn’t initiate
Fuel is what keeps the engine running. A clogged carburetor can cause a snowblower to stop working altogether or result in a lackluster performance.
If you notice that your snowblower isn’t performing well or you’re having issues getting it to start, the carburetor may be clogged. To clear this issue, spray the carburetor cleaner down into the carburetor until it starts discharging from the overflow tube.
You can purchase carburetor cleaner at auto parts stores or outdoor power equipment retailers. You may need to replace one of its components such as the ignition coil which sends voltage through the spark plug, or purge bulb used to clean out unwanted materials.
Snapper Snowblower auger won’t turn
The shear bolt is a metal bolt that slides through the auger axle sleeve, locking the sleeve in place with the auger drive axle. The bolts are designed to break in half if the auger hits a rock or chunk of ice to prevent damage to the engine.
If the shear bolt breaks, the auger won’t be able to turn. Inspect the shear bolt to determine if it is broken. If it is broken, replace it.
The gearbox could be failing. The gearbox is connected to the auger so order one if you’ve ordered an auger, otherwise you can replace the whole thing if that’s simpler.
To determine the location of the problem looks at what’s actually happening with the auger which works directly with a gearbox in between the two collect bins.
If they’re stalled with no visible damage then it might not just be a mechanical issue and much worse.
Looking at the source of power, make sure there isn’t any damage on those gears so check for stripped bolts, rusted gears, and even worn gears before replacing any parts or buying a new assembly altogether.
Set Fuel Shutoff Valve to ‘On’
To start your snowblower you must flip the switch for the fuel shutoff valve to ON. This is a step that’s notoriously easy to forget especially since it’s been months since you last started your equipment.
In fact, there are many states in which forgetting to turn this feature off and move the power switch from OFF to ON could result in injury or even death.
To avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your snowblower, make sure the throttle is positioned to 3/4 speed or higher.
Drive disk Problems
The drive disk for the double-acting steering cylinder is a rubber disk friction mounted on the driving or input shaft. It is designed to transmit rotation from the input shaft to the output shaft for turning control of your snowblower wheels.
Every time you turn your steering wheel, there should be equal resistance from both drive disks. If one feels especially tight, it could be worn out and needs replacing so you can be sure that you’ll have uniform control of your snowblower.