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179cc 21" craftsman snowblower will not start.

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
December 10th, 2012

Only used this snowblower 3 times . I emptied gas before putting it away. changed the spark plug, changed the oil put new gas in it and it would not start. I am at my wits end because we paid $469 for it and another $174 to have it shipped to us because we live almost 3 hours from the nearest sears store. We just do not know what else we can do to get it started. Was still under warranty but the way the warranty is does not help me. Can not afford to pay $99 for service call or to make two trips to sears to take it and go get it. Am disabled veteran. Can anyone give me a hand with what to do. Wish they would do a recall on this. I always loved craftsman until this happened.

Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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Mark T

I am sorry you are having a problem with the snow blower. I recommend smelling the fuel that is leaking out. If it smells like varnish or not like gasoline I suspect fuel left in the unit went bad over the summer. When this happens, it is necessary to drain the old fuel and clean the carburetor. To confirm this pour a few teaspoons of fresh fuel into the throat of the carburetor (the first image below will show how to get access to the carburetor.) then pull the starter rope. If the engine tries to start or starts, I recommend cleaning the carburetor. I have posted a few images below to aid in cleaning the carburetor. Once the carburetor is apart, clean all the passages with carb cleaner and a bread tie wire.
Please work in a well ventilated area and use caution when working with fuel.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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by Mark T
December 10th, 2012
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Hi Mark,

I have a similar problem. Could not start my snow-blower. Changed the spark plug. Nothing happens. The engine just cranks without starting. (Electric Start). I noticed that when I am priming, fuel is leaking from that area.. not exactly sure from where. Is it possible that the fuel line is blocked. Need some help on how to repair it.
by Manage My Life
December 9th, 2012
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Mark T
Hi violet, I am sorry to hear you are having problems with the snow blower. The warranty on this model snow blower requires you to take it to one of our drop off locations. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services

. Some items are determined to be carry in items. We do offer an in home service on most items where we will come to the house and repair the product. The cost of the service will depend on the item being repaired. After you have the snow blower repaired, you are eligible to purchase a protection agreement that will cover coming to the house for the repairs. If you would like to repair the snow blower yourself please let me know. I will be happy to give you some assistance to make the repair easier.
by Mark T
December 7th, 2011
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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Snowblower. I did some research for you at and found expert answers to similar questions that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The links are attached below. I hope these links provided assist you.
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December 6th, 2011
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