How to Repair Your Honda Snowblower

How to Repair Your Honda Snowblower

All machines, no matter how good or trusted, break down once in a while. In such cases, you have 2 options; you can either fix it yourself or take it to the shop. Either way, this article will heHow to Repair Your Honda Snowblowerlp you at the very least stay informed about your machine.

When it comes to your Honda snowblower, 5 issues can arise:

  1. Snowblower Not Starting,
  2. Not Blowing Snow,
  3. Auger Not Turning,
  4. Snowblower Leaking Gas, or
  5. Wheels Not Turning

Given below are solutions to all these 5 problems.

1. Snowblower Not Starting

If your Honda snowblower is refusing to start, you need to start by checking the spark plug for cracks or deposits. Use a spark tester and check if the spark plug has a strong spark. If not, you may have to replace it.

Next, check if there is any old fuel in your Honda snowblower from last season. If there is, you can easily drain it into a drain pan by disconnecting the fuel line between the tank and the carburetor. Remember to dispose of the fuel properly. To further ensure that you have fully out all the fuel, remove the carburetor bowl, clean it, and replace the bowl gasket.

If you did have old fuel, chances are you will also have a clogged carburetor. If you find a thick, sticky substance in your snowblower, clean it out with carburetor cleaner. However, if that doesn’t work, you may have to replace the carburetor completely.

2. Not Blowing Snow

A common problem for snowblowers is snow buildup in the discharge chute. So if your Honda snowblower is working but not blowing snow, turn it off and check for buildup in the chute.

If there is no buildup in the chute and the snowblower is still not blowing snow, the problem may lie in the impeller. The impeller is the part of the snowblower that propels snow through the chute. If this part of your snowblower is busted, replace it.

The next part to check is the scraper bar or paddles. If your scraper bar is worn, it will not clear snow effectively and needs to be replaced. However, if the snow is going in and coming right back out, the problem lies with the paddles. Most Honda snowblowers have wear indicator holes that help you keep track of the wear to the paddles. Check if the rubber paddles are worn up to the holes and replace them if necessary.

3. Auger Not Turning

If the auger on your Honda snowblower is not turning, check if the shear pin and/or bolt are broken. They are designed to break if they hit a large foreign object to protect the motor. If either part is broken, replace it.

Next, inspect the cogged belt and V-belt that connect the engine and the gearbox. If either is damaged, the auger won’t turn. Replace them if necessary. Also, check the auger cable and auger blades and replace them if they have sustained any damage.

4. Leaking Gas

If gas is leaking out from the bottom of your snowblower, check the carburetor gasket. If it is dried out or missing, replace it to fix the problem. However, if the carburetor gasket is intact, the problem may be a dried out or missing carburetor bowl gasket.

Another reason for your snowblower leaking gas might be a damaged fuel filter. To find out if this is the case, check the connections between the fuel filter and filter housing. If there are any cracks here or on any of the fuel lines, do not try to fix them. Instead, simply replace them. Also, remember to check if the fuel lines and pulse lines in the fuel pump are on tightly, and replace any cracked lines.

5. Wheels Not Turning

If the wheels on your snowblower are not turning, check the cogged belt or V-belt for damage and, as mentioned above, replace them if needed. Next, inspect the rubber outer layer of the drive disk that grips and turns the drive plate. If it is greasy, clean it out but if it is worn, replace it. The next part to check is the cable control; make sure if it moves freely and oil if not. However, if it is broken or if lubrication doesn’t work, replace it.

Besides this, make sure to check the wheels before every use. If you notice a flat, repair it or replace it and replace the wheel rim if damaged.

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