How to Jump Start a Stubborn Snow Blower
Before you give your snowblower an undeserving kick for not starting, take a good look inside your gas tank first.
Why I Now Use Fuel Stabilizer
Every spring, I religiously drain the gas tank on my snowblower so the carburetor doesn't gum up. I also perform proper snowblower maintenance at least once every year on my two-stage, and last spring was no exception.
However, when the first snow came by surprise in the early fall that year, I made a rookie's mistake. Instead of getting fresh fuel from the gas station and immediately adding fuel stabilizer, I absentmindedly added the prior year's leftover gasoline into the tank. I pulled the cord dozens of times, and the snowblower did absolutely nothing. After 20 minutes of angrily pulling the cord, I was close to pulling my own hair out.
That was the last time I made that mistake, and to this day I still laugh about it sometimes. I'll admit it; I was being lazy, and my snowblower didn't start when I needed it most. Old gasoline is not much different than adding a pitcher of water into the tank. Basically, the gasoline lost its spark. It needed a shot of high octane energy to ignite it again.
Eventually, I drained the tank, mixed about 6 ml of fuel stabilizer with a gallon of fresh fuel and gave the carburetor a
quick shot of carb cleaner. It started on the first pull!
While some people may be skeptical, it actually worked. My snowblower fired up and ran fine. Because the stale gas I removed was so old, I emptied it into my used oil container and took it over to my local auto parts dealer for recycling.
But, after that horrible experience, I learned my lesson: you cannot bring back bad gas and that properly maintaining, storing, and tuning up your snowblower is extremely important. Even still, when you need your snowblower to work on a moment's notice, using unstabilized, old fuel is about the worst thing you can do for your snowblower.
The moral of the story: use fuel stabilizer, and never use old gasoline.
5 Ways Not to Ruin Your Snowblower
Because I don't want anyone to repeat my mistake, I wrote a few more guides to help people properly protect their investments:
- How Much Does it Cost to Maintain a Snowblower?
- How to Maintain a Two-Stage Snowblower
- How to Mix Oil and Gas in Your Snowblower
- How to Properly Refuel Your Snowblower
- How to Store Your Snowblower Off-Season