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    Need help with Snowblower problem

    My snowblower is just 2 years old, bought one from Sears - worked yesterday and this morning I was cleaning the driveway and in the end of the driveway, there were some pieces of ice and snow left by the snowplows causing the snowblower to jam.
    I cleaned the snowblower and it worked again (happened several times) but then it died. I tried to pull the starter cord, but it was stuck so I couldn't even pull the cord.
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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Put it somewhere comparably warm so it'll melt for an hour or so? A heated garage maybe, if you have one. At least then you could look at it more closely, even if that doesn't directly solve the problem.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    If you have an electric starter, try plugging that in. Wait a few minutes, and give it a shot.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Was there oil? Guessing this is a 4-stoke.

    Could be a stuck motor, or just the cord being bound. anymore info?



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    You could potentially have overheated it while it was getting jammed in the heavy stuff at the end of the driveway. Check the oil, make sure there's still enough in there. Let it cool off for an hour or so and then try starting it again.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    My snowblower is just 2 years old, bought one from Sears - worked yesterday and this morning I was cleaning the driveway and in the end of the driveway, there were some pieces of ice and snow left by the snowplows causing the snowblower to jam.
    I cleaned the snowblower and it worked again (happened several times) but then it died. I tried to pull the starter cord, but it was stuck so I couldn't even pull the cord.
    Any ideas ? Thanks
    Same thing happened to mine. Snow/ice got up in the starter cord mechanism and froze it solid. I couldn't even pull the starter cord. I took the cover off and put a 200 watt work light next to the starter cord mechanism. After melting out the snow/ice, the starter cord was freed and it started normally. Caution, do not let the melting ice drip onto the hot light bulb or the light bulb will break.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    My snowblower is just 2 years old, bought one from Sears - worked yesterday and this morning I was cleaning the driveway and in the end of the driveway, there were some pieces of ice and snow left by the snowplows causing the snowblower to jam.
    I cleaned the snowblower and it worked again (happened several times) but then it died. I tried to pull the starter cord, but it was stuck so I couldn't even pull the cord.
    Any ideas ? Thanks
    Yes, my first inclination would be to put it in your garage (assuming it is above freezing) and let it thaw for an hour or two. Let's hope you are operating a two stroke, and not a four stroke engine!! :) I had a neighbor at one time who was mowing his lawn without oil (4 stroke) and all of a sudden it seized. I knew what happened before I even found out.......he was dumbfounded - just checked it.....took the oil cap off and smoke was rolling out of it, with just a little black oil residue on the dipstick. totally empty. that has got to be embarrassing to the manhood!?


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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Thanks, All.
    I think there might be a solid ice stuck in it. I checked the oil, there was some in it (I just added some more) and now the snow blower is sitting in my garage. Will try again tonight. Wish me luck :)



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    Thanks, All.
    I think there might be a solid ice stuck in it. I checked the oil, there was some in it (I just added some more) and now the snow blower is sitting in my garage. Will try again tonight. Wish me luck :)
    Define some...



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    This isn't your specific problem, but lost of people don't know what is happening when they break the sheer bolts. If you're running a 2 stage blower there are bolts on the center shaft of the blades that are designed to break if it gets jammed up with ice. It's an easy fix. Just an FYI for future use.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    I think avoiding the big chunks of ice would be a smart move at this point.


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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    perhaps a shovel.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

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    Not really much LOL.
    The good thing is National Weather Service just cancelled the Storm Warning for Minnesota. At least the snow has stopped and I managed to clean up my driveway about 3 hours ago.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    Not really much LOL.
    The good thing is National Weather Service just cancelled the Storm Warning for Minnesota. At least the snow has stopped and I managed to clean up my driveway about 3 hours ago.
    That does not sound good. If it's still not pulling after it thaws, I'm afraid you may have locked your motor up. You may need to go snow blower shoping.



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    Re: Need help with Snowblower problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    That does not sound good. If it's still not pulling after it thaws, I'm afraid you may have locked your motor up. You may need to go snow blower shoping.
    yeah, read my post above about the neighbor with the lawnmower - I didn't say that that was the last time that lawnmower mowed any grass......once your cylinders are seized, that cord won't pull and the next cord you pull in your situation will be the cord of a new blower. expensive lesson!

    When you first described your problem, that was the first thing that came to mind. Let's hope that isn't the case.


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