Snow Blower Tips: Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide

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Snow Blower Tips

Winter brings the beauty of snow-covered landscapes, but it also demands the reliable performance of your snow blower to keep your property clear and accessible. If you’re facing issues with your snow blower, don’t worry. Continue reading as we address common snow blower problems and provide tips to keep your equipment running smoothly all season. From starting issues to preventive maintenance, we’ve got you covered.

Why won’t my snow blower start?

A snow blower refusing to start is a common frustration during winter storms. A few simple things can be checked to troubleshoot and address this problem. 

  • Check the Fuel: Stale or contaminated fuel is a frequent cause of starting issues. Ensure you are using fresh, clean gasoline. If the fuel is old, drain the tank and replace it with new, high-quality fuel. 
  • Inspect the Spark Plug: A fouled or faulty spark plug can prevent your snow blower from starting. Remove the spark plug, inspect it for wear, fouling, or deposits, and replace it if necessary. Ensure the spark plug gap is correct according to your equipment’s specifications. 
  • Evaluate the Choke and Throttle Settings: Incorrect choke or throttle settings can impede starting. Follow your snow blower’s user manual to set the choke and throttle to the recommended positions for starting in cold weather. 
  • Inspect the Carburetor: A clogged carburetor can hinder fuel flow to the engine. Remove and clean the carburetor, checking for blockages in the jets and passages. If cleaning doesn’t resolve the issue, consider replacing it. 
  • Examine the Fuel Line and Filter: Check the fuel line for blockages or damage. Replace any damaged fuel lines and inspect the fuel filter. If the filter is clogged, replace it with a new one.

What can I do if my snow blower isn’t throwing snow far enough?

Inadequate snow throw distance can be attributed to several factors. Check the chute and auger for snow or ice obstruction. Adjust the chute deflector angle to achieve the desired throw distance. Additionally, ensure the auger blades are sharp and not worn down. Regular maintenance, including blade sharpening, is crucial for optimal snow-throwing performance.

Why is my snow blower engine stalling during operation?

Engine stalls can occur for various reasons, such as fuel issues, carburetor problems, or an obstructed fuel line. Begin by checking the fuel quality and ensuring the carburetor is clean. If the problem persists, it is best to consult with our expert technicians at Koenig Equipment for a thorough inspection and diagnosis.

How can I prevent snow buildup in the auger housing?

Snow buildup in the auger housing can hinder your snow blower’s performance. To prevent this, apply a silicone-based snow repellent to your auger housing before use. Additionally, periodically check for any accumulated snow and promptly remove it. Keeping the auger housing clear ensures efficient snow removal and prolongs the life of your equipment. 

Why is my snow blower belt slipping or breaking?

A slipping or breaking snow blower belt is often a sign of wear and tear. Inspect the belt for cracks, fraying, or excessive slack. If any issues are identified, replace the belt promptly. Regularly checking and adjusting belt tension and proper lubrication of moving parts can help prevent belt-related problems. 

Where can I find parts and service for my snow blower near me?

For parts and professional service on your snow blower, look no further than Koenig Equipment. Our dedicated team of experts is committed to keeping your snow blower in top condition. Visit your local Koenig Equipment for parts and maintenance services tailored to your snow blower needs. 


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