How to Troubleshoot a Toro Snowblower That Won't Start

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-gallon unleaded gasoline

  • Toro two-cycle engine oil,1.3-oz. bottle

Toro is a Minnesota-based manufacturer of snowblowers and other lawn and garden products. Most consumer targeted snow throwers are single-stage, gas-powered snowblowers. In the event your Toro snowthrower fails to start, there's a handful of troubleshooting tips you can run through in order to solve the problem. Troubleshooting your Toro snowblower can help save time and money over costly repairs shops. One of the more common reasons for not starting is gasoline issues.


Step 1

Check the fuel tank. The engine will not start without enough fuel. The fuel tank is located near the side of the snow thrower.

Step 2

Drain and replace the fuel in your snow thrower especially if it has been more than 60 days since the last time you used the snow thrower. If you failed to drain the gasoline after the winter months, the gas most likely has degraded.

Step 3

Remove the fuel cap. Tilt the snow thrower on its side and empty the fuel into a pan or bucket. Dispose in accordance with your local laws.


Step 4

Replace with a new mix of gasoline and engine oil by following a 50:1 ratio. Most snow throwers require one-half gallon of unleaded gasoline mixed with 1.3 ounces of Toro, two-cycle engine oil.

Step 5

Tighten the fuel the cap and restart the engine. Old fuel is by far the most common reason for engine failure according to Toro.



Nicholas Briano

Living in New York City, Nicholas Briano has been a professional journalist since 2002. He writes for "The Wave," a community weekly covering the borough of Queens. Briano holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brooklyn College.