7 Tips for Adjusting Snowblower Auger Tension

If you are not knowledgeable regarding snowblowers, than being able to adjust the tension of a snowblower auger can pose a challenge. But you don’t have to be an expert to learn how to operate common home devices. When dealing with a snowblower, it is always important to be careful because they are expensive to replace. Here are some helpful tips when adjusting snowblower auger tension:

Tip 1 - Adjusting the Lower Link Chains

Make sure the lower link chains of the snowblower are properly adjusted. Adjusting these chains will prevent the snowblower from moving on its side. You want to make sure this does not happen because it could damage the machine.

Tip 2 - Checking Tension Slack

Check the slack of the tension and adjust accordingly. You want to make sure that the tension on the lower side of the snowblower has 1/4 to 3/8 inches of movement. If the slack is greater than 3/4 inches, please adjust. Proper tension is important because you will want your snowblower to move forward properly in heavy snowfalls. 

Tip 3 - Identifying the Removable Link

Make sure there is a removable link in the chain and remove it. You may have to buy a half link or an offset link. Your snowblower should have instructions on how to do this.

Tip 4 - Adjusting Change on Large Snowblowers

On larger snowblowers adjust the chain as you would do above but, have 1/2 inch of slack between the drive and auger sprockets instead of 1/4 to 3/8 inches of movement. If the adjustment is on the cable of the handle, you must first lift the belt idler to create slack and loosen the cable. Be sure to do this in this order so you don't break the cable. You want to increase the tension along the belt by reattaching the adjustment screw.

Tip 5 - Check Snowblowers Yearly

Snowblowers should be checked yearly for the proper tension. With proper chain tension you will get the most use out of your snowblower.

Tip 6 - What to Do when Engine Doesn't Start

If the engine doesn't start, you want to first check if there is enough fuel. Make sure the fuel valve is on and check to make sure that gasoline is reaching the carburetor. To check for this, you will loosen the drain screw with the fuel valve on. If the engine still doesn't start, make sure the engine switch is on and whether or not there is a spark at the spark plug. To do this, remove the cap and clean out any dirt. Remove the spark plug. Install the spark plug in the cap and turn the engine switch on. If there are no sparks, replace the plug.

Tip 7 - What to Do when Auger Doesn't Operate

If the auger does not operate, check the shear bolts. If they are broken off, you will want to replace them. Now you can secure the shear bolts with nuts.