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My craftsman snow thrower will not start

Craftsman 21" snow thrower Model # 247.88704. I have tried almost everything trying to start my snow thrower but it just will not start

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What a time for the snow thrower to stop. Depending on where yo live, this could really be a problem. I located two previous expert posts with similar questions for your model and attached those answers below. Hope one of these helps to get the machine moving.
by Manage My Life
December 27th, 2010
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with your snow blower. The engine on the snow blower needs three things to run. They are fuel, spark, and compression. Please follow the steps below to help repair the snow blower.

Most of the time when a snow blower will not start it is because of old fuel or a dirty carburetor. First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and pull the starter cord. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look careful as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced.

The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plug hole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine.

That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and pull the starter rope. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. I have added an image below show how to disassemble the carburetor for cleaning.

I hope this is helpful.

If you need further assistance, please submit more details.

Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct


If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 58,303 community points in Craftsman
December 29th, 2010
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