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Experts offer tips to fix and maintain your snowblower

CBS-13 spoke to the experts at Yerxas Power Equipment to learn some quick fixes. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Thousands of Mainers rely on snowblowers to keep their driveways clear, but what do you do when it breaks down in the middle of a storm?

CBS-13 spoke to the experts at Yerxas Power Equipment to learn some quick fixes.

Unlike most of the power equipment in your shed, snowblowers have a part that is specifically designed to fail, the shear pin.

"When you're going through the snow, you don't always know what's underneath the snow so if you get a log or a rock or anything like that in there. Instead of breaking the gears inside the auger, it will just break the pin," says Chris Yerxas.

They say you usually, know right away when a shear pin breaks.

It's a fairly easy fix, with your snowblower turned off, and the spark plug disengaged, you put the new pin right through the hole where the old one broke. Attach the clasp or nut and you're good to go.

If you're in the middle of a storm and the engine is running rough, the spark plug may be to blame.

You need to ratchet the spark plug out and clean it.

If it's really dirty, you'll see a lot of carbon build up.

"If that's the case and you're in the middle of a storm and you want to get going real quick, you can just grab a piece of sand paper and sand the insides of that. Sand it off so that it gets a better spark, and that can get you going in a jam," says Yerxas.

Experts says your spark plugs should be changed once a year

Some preventative measures experts say you can take to make sure your snowblower runs well is to make sure to empty out all the gas before storing the snowblower in the spring. Also, make sure to change the oil every season.

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