How to Clean Out a Clogged Snow Thrower Chute

In most cases, the chute clean-out tool is conveniently fastened to the rear of the auger housing with a mounting clip.  Should ice and snow become lodged in the chute assemble during operation, proceed as follows to safely clean the chute assembly and chute opening.  

WARNING: Never use your hands to clear a clogged chute assembly.  Shut off the engine and remain behind handles until all moving parts have stopped before unclogging.


Step 1

Release both the Auger Control and the Drive Control.

Step 2

Stop the engine by removing the ignition key.

Step 3

Remove the clean-out tool from the clip which secures it to the rear of the auger housing (location may vary by model).

Step 4

Use the shovel-shaped end of the clean-out tool to dislodge and scoop any snow and ice which has formed in and near the chute.

Step 5

Refasten the clean-out tool to the mounting clip.  Reinsert the ignition key and start the snow thrower's engine.

Step 6

While standing in the operator's position (behind the snow thrower), engage the auger control for a few seconds to clear any remaining snow and ice from the chute assembly.