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In this video I have a look at a snowblower that came in with a customer complaint of a surging engine. Pretty common issue on small engines and usually a pretty cheap and easy fix. -Enjoy!
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50 thoughts on “Snowblower engine surging”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cranky frankie says:

    My new Ariens will only start with starting fluid. Use to surge new carb stopped surging now only starting fluid in to spark plug hole WHY?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Bye says:

    Thats the nasty gas you smell mrs.o

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Bye says:

    Mr. Macky..drugs are bad umkay..

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Lister says:

    When I went to buy my used snow blower the owner stated it ran great but wouldn't idle. I said I never heard of anyone blowing snow at idle and bought it. 6 years later it still won't idle but did clear 5 driveways after yesterdays blizzard

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Page says:

    You are a maniac. But I love ya

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Best reason to keep a tube of three bond in the shop to help that gasket seal. I store engines with seafoam gas treatment. Clean jets with tip cleaners.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Getz says:

    Good Job

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tha Kidd La says:

    The car I have dosnt have that adjustment and it's new but it surges

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DARREL FUHRMAN says:

    Eric, a lot of times on the farm when I am trying to start them in the spring, I remove the float bowl, take a round tooth pick, go up the main jet GENTLY, twist to clean out gunk, do it with 1 more tooth pick, clean out sediment bowl, put back together.
    If you push the tooth pick too hard up the jet, the tooth pick breaks off.
    So much for the short cut.
    Hello from north east Montana.
    10 miles from the Canadian border.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars getoffthephone says:

    just drop the bowl all u gota do

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vic Ferrari’s garage says:

    Its not the jobs you do!
    I have learned to be more calm in life and to use more fun words from you.
    Your more than a Mechanic your a gift from above! Thanks O’s

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vic Ferrari’s garage says:

    I live in Florida. If I get a Snowblower it will probably sit till the gas turns to Zombie 💩

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don K says:

    Great timing since the snow is starting to fly in Western New York

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peet Ky says:

    shouldn't that be on the lift for safety?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lalitoojos says:

    Nice again

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Marcucci says:

    I’m loving it. Where’s the OBD2 port though? I don’t think the Varis has the MTD software update yet though. 😂. Thanks Dr. O for another great video (all joking aside).

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cype man says:

    I do this every year on my mower, same carburettor.
    I drilled out the plastic idle jet because I was sick of it blocking with dust.😂

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars asassin asa says:

    Always thought a surging idle was normal on a snowblower….

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Mccloskey says:

    Gotta use ethanol free unleaded too. Great for storage. I use it in my blower and generator. I also add a little Startron too the fuel too. Never had any issues with starting or running.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe skretkowicz says:

    eric watch out youll find more on door step lmao

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert boykin says:

    Hi speed needle adjustment.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Vucolo says:

    Yup! Loved that one. And don’t concern yourself about repeat repairs too much. They are all entertaining and and just a little different.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Powell says:

    clean the carb

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chad Cobb says:

    That’s why I only use ethanol free fuel. It can sit all summer or winter and start on one pull and run like new.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric H says:

    I find that 90% of the time, the carb is the problem with small engines.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tom nielsen says:

    If the carbs are real dirty Pine Sol is a great carb cleaner, soak over night and wash with water.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Hallman says:

    Surely some has already mentioned this but when removing carb adjusting screws you run them in and count the turns until they seat. When you reinstall or replace them you run them it until they seat again and then back them out the appropriate number of turns from the seat.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars murph says:

    Murphys law ! I live that every day.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Fry says:

    You just gave me the incentive to fix the surging on one of my rider mowers…..

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DjResR says:

    Even fixing a string trimmer would be interesting._

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Bell says:

    90% of the time it’s the carburetor on small engine problems. But,100% change the spark plug first.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    Eric, I learn about from doing small engine s. Took class in school. My first project was and small engine I b a box. I put it together and it ran

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Willis Johnson says:

    I soak my small engine parts in diesel then use a single wire from a bicycle brake cable to push through the jets

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tv says:

    The cat was using the snow blower again.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Lemke says:

    Clean out the idle jet, and if you have jet drills make that idle jet a tad bigger. It will start better. Underneath the the main jet is the emulsion tube, make sure to push that out from the throat of the carb (it sticks up into the throat), as it has many fine holes in it. We raced these for years on karts and there are many race parts for the 6.5 and up engines, but surging is usually a plugged idle jet… Eric shoulda just asked ole Ave, the Canukian, as he is the world's foremost expert on Chinesium…

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Harry Smith says:

    Add feul stability and some sea foam. Not a sponsor. And you will not have these problems. Too much ethanol kills more motors than they save the environment

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Tinkess says:

    If Eric can do it … I'll try it.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Tinkess says:

    Exactly what my Chinese snowblower does. I'll perform that service but I also like the idea of running it dry in the spring before putting it away. FYI, don't buy a Chinese snowblower unless you have a friend with a machine shop that can recreate the parts that break. Apart from that, it's a strong machine that works well, with tracks as opposed to wheels.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Irwin says:

    Hey! Just like mustie1 videos. Never seen you not use a scan tool. Nice.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R May. says:

    OLD GAS YUK

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ad Nast says:

    What did you use to remove those studs?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Curt Yanok says:

    He didn't run codes on that engine.