6 Tips for Snow Blower Success This Season

Winter is around the corner. Before winter storms start rolling in, make sure your snow blower is ready to go. After spending fall, summer and spring in your garage, your snow blower could use some TLC before it’s ready to clear snow.

Before you start servicing your unit, don’t forget to refer to your operator’s manual. Consider the operator’s manual as your tune up guidebook—it contains a list of specific part numbers you may need if you need replacements. Not only do these parts save you expensive fixes, but they keep your warranty in place. Also remember before starting any snow blower repair, turn off your unit, bring it to the garage, and let the snow melt.

Maintenance Tips

  1. Add fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer. Fuel has a shelf life of about 30 days. Before revving your snow blower engine, be sure to replace old fuel from last winter. Take the time to use a fuel stabilizer, especially if you skipped this step before storing your snow blower. Fuel stabilizers extend the lifetime of your fuel and prevent ethanol from damaging the engine.
  2. Clean the snow thrower. Don’t let dirt and grime keep your snow thrower from performing its best. Target those greasy and dirty areas with a degreaser spray. Let the spray stand for 15 minutes and then wipe it down with a cloth.
  3. Replace the spark plug. How much quality time did you spend with your snow blower last winter? Briggs & Stratton recommends checking your spark plug every 25 hours of operation and replacing it every 100 hours. A fresh spark plug keeps your emissions and fuel consumption down. Check out my colleague’s how-to.
  4. Replace the oil. Fresh oil is usually an amber or golden color, and it is always a good thing. Dirty oil and other contaminants can damage the snow blower engine. Tipping the snow blower engine to drain oil can be a messy process, but the oil extractor kit makes this potentially messy task a lot easier. Recycle the oil you extract.
  5. Inspect scraper blade and skid shoes. Be sure to replace the scraper blade and skid shoes if they are worn. They protect other parts of the snow blower from damage.
  6. Check tire pressure. Snow is difficult enough to maneuver in as is. Make your snow clearing a little easier by properly inflating your tires.

For more tips on snow blower maintenance, check out my post from last year.

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