Introduction

Below are the five common problems that you can experience most with your snowblower, especially during winter and some advice on how you can fix them.

Problem: The engine halts or refuses to start.
What to do: Stabilize the fuel whilst at the gas pump

Gas manufactured with ethanol, and which is almost all the gas normally sold at pumps, is mostly blamed for the majority of troubles of engine starting
When you keep unprocessed gas for a long time, it separates forming a coating of water which might cause a lot of damage to the engine of your machine. By doing this, it as well means that you won't need to add a stabilizer every time you finish with your snow blower's tank of your machine.

Problem: The chute is clogged, or it can’t throw snow.
What to do: lubricate the moving parts.

The transmission of the auger rotates the blades that supply snow up the shaft. This is the metal box which is normally at the auger shaft as well as the drive shaft T-joint. Therefore, check out the level, and read the manufactures manual to confirm the right brand of oil, and then top it. You moreover have to ensure that the auger blades are freely rotating around the shaft. The auger is supposed to spin and also have slight cooperation on the shaft freely; then move it about to one side to oil the uncovered shaft. Do this again to oil the other end and then give it a rotate for the oil to get distributed. After that, place back the shear pins in its position.

Problem:  snowblower is lurching forward, or it is hard to maneuver
what to do: make tighter the cables for improved handling.

After a while the cables that usually drive power in the wheels require adjustments to apply the appropriate pressure to the belt on the two-stage snow blowers. Therefore, if you press the force handle and your Honda snowblower pulls frontwards, you will have to make the lines tighter. Adjust once more as needed up to where the lurching stops. Once you have adjusted the cables, ensure that you have sprayed some oil at the spinning points of every moving part.

Problem: your machine is leaving a lot of snow behind.
What to do: change the scraper bar to collect extra snow.

The flat metal bar positioned on the bottom side of your machine carves ice and snow off the floor and in the auger. Therefore, the gravel, concrete, and asphalt, can wear out the metal, and hence, leaving behind gullies of snow

Warning: remember that you are not supposed to operate a single-stage snowblower on gravel since it can lift up and toss the gravel together with the snow. This can possibly cause a lot of damage to the windows and even injuring passersby.

Problem: The belt conked out while in use.
What to do: keep checking the belt while using.

The friction needed to keep the single-stage snowblower auger belt has a tendency of wearing a belt down quicker than the two-stage machines. While using, keep removing the cover and checking the belt for any crack. To avoid walking to the store in snowfall, it is a perfect idea to have with you an extra belt for replacement always (plus a spare shear pins) readily available all through the season.

Below are some other solutions

The Cogged Belt

Cogged belt connects the gearbox and the engine. When it is broken, worn out, or badly adjusted, The honda lawn mower & snowblower auger fails to turn. Check it to know whether it is worn out or broken, and make sure that it is adjusted properly. If the cogged belt is worn out or broken, you should replace it.

The Shear Bolt

This is a metal bolt which glides from side to side of the auger axle sheath. It locks the sleeve in position with the drive axle of the auger. They are made to split in half when the auger smacks a rock or large piece of ice to avoid the engine from being damaged. When the shear bolt is broken, the auger fails to turn. Check the shear bolt to know whether it is broken down and replace it.

Final thought

Fixing your snow blower is the best thing you can do as it prolongs its life span; thus you don't have to buy one every winter.