9 Quick Tips: Snow Blower Tune Up
It’s not going to be long before the snow starts to fall. Proper care and maintenance now will ensure your snow blower runs smoothly all winter long. Here are some tips that will help keep your snowblower working hard all season:
1. Inspect and replace the spark plug.
Briggs & Stratton recommends changing the spark plug every 100 hours. Spark plugs are inexpensive and easy to replace. Here are step by step instructions and a how-to video.
2. Replace the oil.
It’s a good idea to replace the oil each season to ensure it’s clean and fresh. Rather than tipping the unit to drain the oil, use an oil extractor kit to efficiently remove the oil without making a mess.
3. Add fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer.
Most people don’t realize that fuel can go bad in as little as 30 days. And most probably didn’t use a fuel stabilizer before storing their snow blower at the end of the last season. This help extends the life of the fuel and also prevents ethanol in the fuel from damaging the engine.
4. Clean the snow blower.
Use a degreaser spray or wipes, to remove all dirt, spilled gasoline and grime from your unit if you didn’t clean at the end of the previous season.
5. Measure tire pressure.
Properly inflated tires will assist maneuverability when snow blowing.
6. Lubricate bearings.
Lubricate the wheel, auger and impeller bearings.
7. Inspect scraper blade and skid shoes.
Replace worn parts because these protect the rest of the unit from damage.
8. Use Silicone Spray.
Apply silicone spray where the auger and impeller are located. This will help prevent snow from sticking and clogging the unit.
9. Test the snow blower.
Run the unit to ensure it runs properly.
Remember before using your snow thrower, always refer to your operator’s manual for safety tips and a list of specific part numbers. Replace items with genuine manufacturer parts to avoid expensive fixes and voiding warranties. Contact your local Briggs & Stratton Dealer for any questions or concerns during this snow blower season. Happy snow blowing!