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How to install snow blower skid shoes - Snow Blower Skid Replacement

Replacing snow blower skids, also known as snow blower shoes or skid shoes, is a relatively simple task. Skids are important because they help elevate the auger and prevent it from scraping against the ground, which can damage the snow blower and the surface you are clearing.

Snow blower skid

Here's a general guide on how to replace snow blower skids

Tools and materials you may need:

New skid shoes
Wrench or socket set
Lubricating spray (optional)

Turn off the snow blower:
Ensure that the snow blower is turned off and the spark plug wire is disconnected to prevent accidental starts.

Locate the existing skid shoes:
Find the current skid shoes on the sides of the auger housing. They are typically attached near the front of the snow blower.

Remove the old skid shoes:
Use a wrench or socket set to remove the bolts or nuts securing the old skid shoes to the auger housing. Keep the hardware in a safe place, as you will need it to attach the new skid shoes.

Take note of the adjustment mechanism:
Some snow blowers have an adjustable skid shoe height. Take note of the current adjustment, so you can set the new skid shoes to a similar height.

Install the new skid shoes:
Position the new skid shoes in place and use the same bolts or nuts to secure them to the auger housing. If your snow blower has an adjustable height, set the new skid shoes to the desired height.

Tighten the bolts or nuts:
Use a wrench or socket set to tighten the bolts or nuts securely. Make sure the skid shoes are firmly attached to the auger housing.

Check for proper adjustment:
If your snow blower has an adjustable height, ensure that the skid shoes are set to the desired height. This is important for controlling the clearance between the auger and the ground.

Lubricate if necessary:
If there are moving parts on the adjustment mechanism, you may want to apply some lubricating spray to ensure smooth operation.

Reconnect the spark plug wire:
Once you have replaced the skid shoes and checked for proper adjustment, reconnect the spark plug wire.

Test the snow blower:
Start the snow blower and test it on a small area to ensure that the new skid shoes are functioning correctly.

By following these steps, you should be able to replace the skid shoes on your snow blower and ensure its proper functioning during snow clearing.

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