I have a Craftsman 9hp dual (eg electric) start snowblower. It is very similar (or the same) as the one in this manual. It has been running smoothly all winter - I can start it reliably with the choke, a couple pushes of the primer, and one rip on the pull-cord.
Yesterday in the middle of cleaning the drive it stalled. I assumed that it was out of gas, but in retrospect there was no coughing - it just stopped without warning. Now I can't start it. I've added gas, and tried the electric start (which worked previously). The electric start does give a little 'click', but it never turns over.
The troubleshooting section of the manual isn't worthwhile. Any idea what the issue could be?
Since I posted this, I have tried (and failed) a couple times to re-start the snowblower. This weekend before going to borrow a neighbor's spark plug socket (and general mechanical knowledge), I tried it again and it started on the first pull. After an hour of work it died just as suddenly, and in the same spot.
Here's my theory. This day (just like the first time) was very light snow that blew around in clouds (see image). By the time the snowblower died, a lot of snow had landed on it and melted - there were puddles on the top of the engine. The snowblower died going about half-way up our medium-incline driveway (also see image).
I suspect that perhaps this melted water ran back onto something bad when I started going up the hill. Is that possible?