Snow Blower Parts, Repair & Maintenance Guide
November 27, 2013
A Snapper snow blower is the best choice for tackling snow removal quickly and easily. Maybe you already know this after many winters of using your Snapper, or maybe you’re considering the purchase of your first Snapper snow blower. Either way, it’s crucial to know where to find the right snow blower parts and how to properly repair and maintain your snow blower to get the most out of your outdoor power equipment.
With the right snowblower parts and maintenance, you and your Snapper – whether it’s a single stage snow blower or heavy duty, 2-stage snow blower – will be clearing heavy snow drifts in a flash, leaving you plenty of time for your favorite winter activities!
My Snow Blower Won’t Start: Snow Blower Repair
Make sure your snow blower is all set to go before that snow starts falling. If you’re having any problems with it, there are a few things you can try.
What should you do if your snow blower won’t start? There are several common causes for a snow blower failing to start. Before doing any work on your unit, make sure to read your Snapper snow blower manual to ensure you’ve followed necessary steps to safely use and maintain your machine.
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Now that you’ve checked the safety precautions and settings in your manual, it’s time to check other common snow blower problems that prevent starting or proper use.
• Snow key is not in place
• Engine isn’t primed properly
• Stale gas can cause snowblower engine damage
• Fouled spark plugs
• Not enough oil in the snow blower
• Ice, snow or debris in the gas cap
What if your snow blower plugs, jams, or stops during use? When using a snow blower or snow thrower, the auger can get blocked by ice, snow or debris. This is an especially sensitive area of snow blower repair that requires caution to be done safely.
On 2-stage snow blowers, the discharge chute contains a rotating impeller to throw snow, and fingers can quickly become caught in the impeller. Never clear or unclog the discharge chute with your hands—always use a clean-out tool. Hand contact with the rotating impeller inside the discharge chute is the most common cause of injury associated with snow blowers. Failure to observe these safety instructions will result in serious injury.
To safely clear a clogged discharge chute, follow these instructions:
1. Shut OFF the engine.
2. Wait 10 seconds to be sure the impeller blades have stopped rotating.
3. Always use a clean-out tool, not your hands.
Snow Blower Maintenance
Regular snow blower maintenance and a seasonal tune-up will help your Snapper snow blower perform at its peak. Preventing snow blower problems can be as easy as 3 simple steps.
Snow blower maintenance checklist:
• Change the oil in your snowblower engine regularly
• Replace spark plugs when necessary
• Prevent ethanol fuel damage by using fuel stabilizer & properly storing equipment
For proper snow blower storage, store it with a full gas tank with fuel stabilizer to prevent moisture from causing engine damage. Use the fuel shut-off switch if your snow blower model is equipped with one to protect the fuel spillage and flooding the carburetor. As a final step, be sure to clean and dry your unit at the end before storing it.
Find Snow Blower Parts
As any outdoor power equipment owner knows, it’s important to have a go-to source for replacement parts for your machine. From auger parts to covers to spark plugs, you can buy official Snapper snowblower replacement parts online or from your local Snapper snow blower dealer to keep your unit running smoothly all through the winter.
Learn more about Snapper’s snow blower offerings and how they can make your life easier this winter.