Depending on how you cared for your snowblower at the end of the season last year, it may need some TLC before you hit the snowdrifts this winter.

While maintenance on your snowblower can happen on either end of the season, it’s imperative that it gets done. Finding out you have a dead snowblower during the first snowfall isn’t ideal.

Getting the opportunity to use your snowblower for the first time this year might get you fired up. Make sure your beloved machine gets fired up too.  

Oil Change

If you haven’t already, change the oil in your snow blower. Even if you only used your machine a hand full of times last season, oil needs to be changed after a year of storage.

Check all maintenance parts

Inspect belts for fraying or cracking and replace as needed. Same goes for the air filter. Be sure to check the spark plug as well. A bad plug will certainly derail your snow removal efforts. Inspect the plug for any wear or damage. It’s a good idea to remove the wire from the spark plug while you work on your snowblower in case it starts up by accident. If the electrodes are not corroded, and the shaft has no cracks, it will not need to be replaced. Also, lubricate all seals and bearings.

New gas

Siphon off any gas that has been left in your snowblower. The types of gasoline today do not stand the test of time and will break down if not used. Add methanol to your snowblower gas once a year to prevent condensation in the gas tank. Be sure to mark your snowblower gas so that it is not confused with the chainsaw, lawnmower or leaf blower gas.

Inspect

Inspect all moving parts such as the scraper and auger. Some augers need to be lubricated, and others do not. Check your manual to find out which what kind of auger you have. If it does need to be lubricated, this should be done at least once a season. Use the recommended oil or grease for your snowblower. Check and tighten any bolts.

Tires

Check the tread or the air pressure in your tires. Tires can go soft during the off seasons. If your tires have treads, ensure the tracks are aligned and move freely.

Now you’re ready to start your engine. Be sure to prime the engine before starting so that the new oil will have the chance to coat the engine. Turn the snowblower to slow and put the choke on. Now you’re ready to give it a go.

If all of this prep is taking the fun out of snow removal for you, take it to the professionals. You may have the confidence of a snow blowing superhero but no confidence when it comes to maintaining the tools of your trade. The professionals will ensure your snowblower is in top shape for the long winter ahead.

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