Prepare your Snowblower for Winter

Prep your snowblower for winter snows to ensure you’re ready to go when the snow hits. Follow the steps in this article to get your machine ready for snow.

Oil should be changed at the start of every winter season. Moisture from the air and small amounts of combustion byproducts (exhaust) will build up in the oil within a very short time. This contamination will result in increased wear and can even eat away at internal parts over time.

If you have a 4-cycle model (fuel and oil are separate) and didn’t change the oil last spring, now is the time (even if your snowblower is only ran a few hours a year).

Check your spark plug at the beginning of every winter. You should also make sure the spark plug wire securely attaches to the spark plug. If your spark plug is dirty, clean it. If it is rusted or corroded, replace your spark plug. If in doubt, go ahead and replace your spark plug.

Make sure your fuel is fresh (less than 30 days old) and good-quality and includes stabilizer so you don’t ruin your snowblower. Gasoline gets “stale” over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Stale gas can leave harmful deposits in your product’s fuel system. Prepare ahead and drain your fuel tank before you store it away in the spring.

Before winter, inspect the rotor blades for wear. When a rotor blade edge has worn down to the wear indicator hole, both rotor blades and the scraper should be replaced.

Inspect the drive belt for fraying, cracking or signs of stretching. Replace the drive belt if any of these conditions occur to avoid any danger during use or breaking of equipment. It is recommended to have an extra belt on hand in the event the belt breaks while operating.

Make sure all parts are moving slowly and tighten nuts and bolts. Any missing fasteners should be replaced immediately.

After following the steps above, let your snowblower run for a few minutes to make sure there are no issues before use.

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