Get Your Snow Blower Ready For Winter
A pre-season check-up will give you years of use from your snow blower.
A fresh snowfall is pretty – that is, until you have to clear it off the driveway and sidewalk. Before the first flake of snow falls, take a few moments to make sure your snow blower is ready for a new winter season.
Here are some easy-to-follow tips to get your snow blower ready for the winter:
- Review your owner’s manual to make certain you know how every control works.
- Use fresh, winter-grade fuel. (Note: Gasoline is re-blended to suit the season. Winter grade fuel makes cold weather starts easier.)
- Start the engine to make sure it's running well.
- If you have a 4-cycle engine (fuel and oil are separate), change the oil if you didn't do so at the end of last winter. Check your owner's manual for the correct type of oil.
- Check other parts of the snow blower including the spark plug, tires and all moving parts to make sure they are working and in good condition.
- Spray the discharge chute with silicone to help prevent snow from clogging.
- Inspect the rotor blades for wear and tear. Replace blades with excessive wear to improve efficiency and reduce the chance of injury.
- Inspect drive belts for fraying, cracks or signs of stretching. Replace if necessary.
- Check for any loose fasteners and tighten as necessary.
If you need to replace any parts, always refer to your owner’s manual for part numbers and descriptions. If you’re unsure how to repair or replace a worn or damaged part, take your snow blower to a trained and reputable mechanic.