How to Start a Snow Blower With Starting Fluid

Because snow blowers are only required when the temperatures drop enough for it to snow outside, their engines are often susceptible to starting issues as a result of the cold. Fortunately, starter fluids were designed to help start up a snow blower even in frigid temperatures. Using a starting fluid spray helps start small engines quickly and smoothly to reduce strain on the battery and wear on the engine's cylinder. These fluid sprays can be used on both diesel and gas engines. Starting fluids contain both ether and petroleum distillates.

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Starting fluid contains chemicals that help un-freeze an engine and help it start.

Step 1

Hold the can of starter fluid spray in an upright position and point the spray nozzle into the snow blower's air intake valve. One of the benefits of using a starting fluid is that you don't have to take the engine apart to use it. Spraying the solution down into the engine's air intake valve is enough to help un-freeze the engine temporarily to get it started.

Step 2

Spray the starting fluid directly into the intake valve for a few seconds. Press and hold the spray nozzle for a count of 3 to ensure that enough of the solution is sprayed down into the machine's engine.

Step 3

Turn on the snow blower to start it. Once the spray has been sprayed into the air intake valve, the snow blower should start up without any further troubles. If it still doesn't start, turn it off and spray more spray into the air intake system. Starting fluids help unfreeze the engine so that it can start. Once the engine has started, the heat of the engine running is enough to keep it going.