How to Repair a Jiffy Ice Auger

by Steven French
A Jiffy ice auger is a handy tool for ice fishing

A Jiffy ice auger is a handy tool for ice fishing

Jiffy ice augers are extremely useful tools for drilling through thick ice when ice fishing. Compared to previous methods, it is a much simpler solution for creating your own fishing hole at a location of your choosing. Unfortunately, problems can arise from time to time and the most common issue is an auger that will not start. When this happens, there are a few steps you can take to attempt to repair the problem yourself before taking it to a service center.

Mix one gallon of the Fresh Winter Blend regular gasoline with the container of Jiffy 2-cycle oil. Drain and replace the existing fuel with this fresh mixture, filling the tank to 3/4 full and pressing the primer bulb to clear out any bubbles. This will help eliminate the possibility of bad fuel causing the auger not to start.

Set the switch to the "On" position and the choke lever to "Full Choke."

Hold the throttle control with your left hand and pull the starter handle until you feel resistance, then pull hard to attempt to start the auger. Make sure the auger is pointed safely away from you before pulling the starter handle.

Press the primer bulb 2 or 3 times if the engine doesn't start on the first few pulls and then attempt to start the auger again.

Move the auger to warmer conditions if it still will not start, allow it to warm up, then attempt starting again.

Remove the spark plug and wipe off excess fuel. Replace the spark plug and try again.

Items you will need

  • 1 gallon Fresh Winter Blend regular gasoline
  • 1 container Jiffy 2-cycle oil
  • Gasoline can


  • If the above steps do not resolve the issue, call the company at 1-800-344-0712 for a repair facility near you.

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