Snowblower won’t start

Snowblower won’t start. In the winter, it’s common to have a snowblower. However, you may also need to be prepared with other methods of clearing the snow, especially if your current one gets stuck or is taking longer than expected.

So we suggest having some alternative equipment if possible so that you won’t have to rush out urgently during freezing cold weather conditions.

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Have trouble with your snowblower? Just keep cranking the handle until it starts up.

If you’re having trouble getting your machinery to start, try waiting a couple of hours in order to give it some time to dissolve any residue that might be causing the engine to malfunction.

Check the Carburetor

It is possible that the carburetor is clogged. The fuel typically burns clean in the carburetor because it evaporates over time, resulting in a thick, viscous substance which can clog up the carburetor and prevent the engine from starting.

A dirty or clogged carburetor can be prevented by using a fuel stabilizer or just making sure your fuel doesn’t sit unused for longer than 30 days.

If you find out that your snowblower’s carburetor has been clogged by congealed gas and there’s no way to clean it yourself, you might have to replace it together because rebuilding one on your own is almost impossible.

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While you’re getting to the carburetor by removing the air filter, inspect it. If it looks dirty, try cleaning it out with some compressed air or a vacuum. If, after that, it still looks bad, go ahead and replace it.

Look on the motor or body of your machine for a serial and model number. Snap a picture of both, just in case. Then head to a hardware store or other small engine repair shop with the air filter in hand.

While you’re shopping for an air filter, also be sure to get some gasoline treatment cleaning fluid/cleaner from one of the same places is always handy.

The Starter should be checked

If your snowblower isn’t starting, you might need to try some troubleshooting. Make sure that it’s not fuel-related. Sometimes a carburetor needs adjustment, and this can sometimes be the issue for all of the other issues that can arise out of starting a snowblower.

A few quick things that should definitely be checked when trying to figure out why your snowblower won’t start the spark plug is clean and functioning, and the choke is turned on at the right setting, and there is enough gas in the tank.

It’s turned on correctly and not laying in a position where it shouldn’t lie down, if possible also check that nothing’s blocking any of the moving parts inside.

 Faulty Spark Plug faulty spark plug

Inspect the spark plug to make sure that it is not damaged. If there are any cracks, scratches, or carbon buildup around the manufacturer’s electrode, then it may need to be replaced.

Insert the spark tester into the cylinder head and touch the exposed metal tip to the electrodes of all 4 spark plugs while cranking up your engine.

You should see a strong spark jump between each tester’s terminal when trying this at different parts of open space on each electrode.

If there is no spark, your tests indicate that one or more of your spark plugs may be defective and therefore needs to be replaced.

Ignition Coil faults

The engine ignition coil is responsible for sending the spark needed to ignite fuel in an internal combustion engine. If an electronic ignition coil fails, the vehicle will stop generating a sufficient spark.

Check each individual spark plug to ensure its function before replacing the ignition coil. If your sparkplugs are functioning properly, check the ignition coil using an ignition tester.

If damaged, replace the ignition coil with a new one of the same number and manufacturer type.

 Flywheel Key issue

The flywheel itself is a part of the engine that might get damaged if there is a hard impact on the machine. To prevent it from getting ruined, there’s a key within the flywheel that connects it to the crankshaft, both of which are vital components of the snowblower engine.

The flywheel safely separates when they can’t handle it anymore. Then you must check if this key is broken in case something bad happens.

A broken flywheel key not only puts your engine at risk for damage but also your whole machine in general! So use this replacement part to secure its place and prevent any further trouble or expenses in the future.

Clogged Carburetor Repair Kit

Leaving fuel in the carburetor for a long time is usually the cause of a clogged carburetor kit. Some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate over time, leaving behind a heavier substance.

Carburetor clogs from thick fuel can prevent the engine from starting. Use carburetor cleaner if your carburetor is clogged. Your carburetor might need rebuilding or replacing if cleaning it isn’t effective.

Snowblower won’t start

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