Catching up on some sleep and sipping on a warm cup of coffee post-nap is definitely on our checklist for a lazy winter day. However, what we least expect is a clogged carburetor which can cause us trouble in going about our daily routine since most of us might not know how to Clean a snowblower carburetor without removing it. So, let’s jump right into learning an easy way to fix the much-needed snow removal equipment.
Here is what I have learned to be an effective and apropos guide to answer a mutual concern that is How to Clean a Snowblower Carburetor Without Removing It? Turn off the snowblower and let it cool down. Next, Let loose the main/fuel jet under the cover and detach the carburetor bowl. Spray carburetor cleaner on the inside of the bowl and wipe the liquid, dirt, and concentrated fuel off of it. Now take the main jet, spray the cleaner through it and wipe off the dirt. Then take a copper wire, scrub it through the tiny holes in the jet to complete the cleaning process. Spray through the main jet again. Liquid coming right off the tiny holes in the jet indicates it is not clogged up anymore. Now spray the cleaner through the emulsion tube area for a few seconds. Adjust the shallowest part of the carburetor bowl in such a way that it facing up to where the fuel comes in. And lastly, make sure the entrance is properly sealed.
So that’s how easy it is to follow the process and get the work done in a few minutes.
STEPS To Clean A Snowblower Carburetor Without Removing It
Step 1: Turn off the snowblower
Make sure to turn off the blower before you set to work. Let the blower cool down for a while to protect yourself against any damage.
Step 2: Detach the carburetor bowl
Once you have located the carburetor, remove the fuel jet so that the carburetor bowl may come off easily. However, if this is your first time doing so then the owner’s manual for the snowblower carburetor will work best to give you an idea about the specific parts and their placement. Now you will be seeing dirt, liquid, or concentrated fuel on the inside of the bowl. Get yourself a wiping cloth and a carburetor cleaner because we are about to scour.
Step 3: Cleanse the carburetor bowl and fuel jet
Spray a carb cleaner on the bowl’s surface and remove the dirt and residual with a wiping cloth. Make sure it’s clean and clear before you move to the fuel jet. Now take up the fuel jet and repeat the process. Spray the carb cleaner through all of its holes and scrub them off with the help of copper wire. Using a copper wire will help you to avoid scratching the brass surface and won’t mess up the precision holes of the jet. Do the final test spray and make sure the droplets come out of all the tiny holes. This shows the jet is not clogged up anymore.
Step 4: Move to the emulsion tube area
Put the carburetor bowl and fuel jet aside. Here you need to focus on three key areas. The emulsion tube, floating bowl, and the needle attached to the floating bowl. Spray the carb cleaner inside the emulsion tube for few seconds. Around the emulsion tube is a floating bowl which is kept on by a sliding needle. Make sure the floating bowl is not sticking or else you will need to change it. Remove the sliding needle and detach the floating bowl. You will see a fixed needle on the inner side of it. Clean it up and put the system back together.
Step 5: Adjust the carburetor bowl
Bring the fuel jet and the carburetor back together and adjust it on top of the emulsion tube. Make sure the rubber gas kit is in place, which is on the machine before you adjust the system and seal it properly.
I have dropped down the link to a quick video tutorial that will help you get the hang of it in one go.
Don’t Want To Go Through The Tiring Process Again?
Many of us don’t like to dismantle machines and get our hands dirty in the process, to which I can relate. So right after fixing the snowblower carburetor you must be thinking how can you avoid a clogged carburetor next time. Well, the solution is pretty simple. Just make sure to check the air filter after regular intervals to remove the trapped particles and dirt inside of it. Also, change the fuel after some time and do not let it sit for long. Moreover, buy yourself a rebuild kit, Clean the carburetor, and rebuild it. Changing jets, pins seals and gaskets will help maintain the carburetor for long.
The Snowblower Is Still Not Working?
After trying the aforementioned techniques if the carburetor still doesn’t work properly then you might have to deal with the problem of your carburetor not being able to blow snow or leaking gas etc. The following article by weingartz covers such and related issues, So give this a read for some useful insights on the topic.