Snow Blower Maintenance Tips

There is a definite sense of cold in the air, and the first snow flurries are dropping – what does this mean? Its winter season again, and you need to get the snowblower ready. Basic snowblower maintenance is a simple process, just in the same way you would with a car. The first step is to consult the user`s manual such that you can determine the specific replacements required for the process. 

It might not seem like it, but it might be reasonable to keep your snowblower away. However, if you just throw it in the shed to be forgotten, then you might regret next winter season. Thus, spend some time with the blower, and you will be celebrating next season as neighbors struggle with shovels. 

Taking good care of a snowblower is a relatively simple process, especially if you have owned resources such as cars or mowers in the past. It might involve various techniques, including the ones that you use to evaluate both the interior and exterior sections of your machine. Once you get going, you will appreciate the immense benefits associated with owning a good snowblower this coming season.

Start with the Outside of the Snowblower

  1. Are the tires on the machine full? Similar to caring for the tires on your car, you want to ensure that the tires on your snowblower are in top condition. Ensure that the tiles are correctly inflated and stored once you are done with the machine. Also, ensure that you clean the wheels and tires before storage. It can be convenient to treat your snowblower to thorough cleaning

  2. How well is the auger performing? For those who use a single-stage snowblower, ensure that the auger is also in top condition. The auger is a crucial component of the machine, and any damage can easily lead to secondary machine issues. Ensure the auger is well lubricated, and that all the blades are perfect.

Then - Go to The Interior Section 

  1. Run the engine dry – the first important task to consider for the next season is the way you will deal with the remaining fuel. Some experts believe that you can leave some fuel in the tank, provided that you add some stabilizer. The stabilizer should be ready to withstand the concentrated nature of petrol fuel. A dirty engine increases the chances of facing issues such as ethanol and oxidized gas. 

  2. Remove as much gas as you can from the machine, and use it for other purposes. Then, run the snow blower, till it runs dry. Since some gas will remain in the fuel lines, you can also add some ethanol-free fuel. Then run the machine until the fuel tanks are dry again. Once the engine is cold, drain the carburetor bowl as well.

  3. Change the Oil and spark plug - All gas snowblowers come with a drain plug on the back section of the machine. Using a wrench, remove the plug and drain the oil into a disposable container. Then, pull the spark plug, and also clean any debris around the lead. You will also have to replace the old spark plug with a new one. 

  4. Evaluate the Scraper Bar – the scraper on your blower moves on the ground, and this helps to protect the housing from damage. It's expected that the scraper might experience some damage over the years. If you notice that your scraper bar is damaged, then its time to perform a replacement. 

  5. Replace rubber paddles – an easy way to determine when you have to replace rubber paddles is to place your fingers on the component. If you your fingers easily pass through the paddles and the housing, then it’s time for a replacement process. 

  6. Tighten screws and bolts – check and ensure that all the bolts and screws on your snowblower are tight. These components might vibrate and produce noise during operation. More so, it might also cause loose screws and bolts to unleash, thus compromising the functionality of the machine. 

  7. Check the Cables and Belts - You also have to ensure components such as the belts and cables are in top condition. If you come across any damage, then get these parts replaced. Not all single-stage mowers have the same features. Some snow blowers use different types of oil, fuel and screws. Thus, consider checking the instructional manual before you perform any DIY repair process. If you have no experience, then get in touch with the brand manufacturer of the machine for your convenience. 

  8. Get the Drive and Chassis Lubricated - Again, always remember to consult the instructional manual before you can apply lubricant on the snowblower. If possible, try placing the machine on its side, to provide improved access to its components. While the appliance is on its side, evaluate the following components:

  9. Scraper bar – this is a component which makes contact with the ground and removes the snow. If the component is worn, then replace it because it could lead to further damage to the interior housing

  10. Skid shoes – these are found on each section of the auger housing. Check the skid shoes and calibrate the height of the auger, to ensure it never gets in contact with the ground. You can easily replace the skid shoes if damaged

  11. The rubber on the auger. If you have fingers that fit between the housing and rubber, then it’s time for you to get the rubber replaced

Snow Blower Storage Tips

  • When storing the snowblower, ensure you add some stability to ensure the gas never goes stale. 

  • Keep the snowblower in a cool and dry place, away from exposure to water. Such elements can easily increase damage to components such as the auger when left on the machine for many months. 

  • If the snowblower comes with a fuel shut off mechanism, ensure that you turn of the flow of fuel when you transport the machine. Such an approach will ensure your carburetor is safe from flooding and helps to prevent any fuel spillage. 

  • Wash your hands carefully, and dry them using a towel once you are done with the snow removal process. Using road salts can also affect the performance of your snowblower, in the same way, they can corrode the exterior of your car.

Finally

It's an inevitable reality that all mechanical tools require some form of maintenance at some point, mostly if you use them regularly. To be specific, snowblowers are mechanical machines – and you have to ensure they are in top condition. The last thing you want is to struggle with a damage snowblower or having to set aside some cash for a new one. Equipped with the right information, you can ensure that your snowblower provides the best performance for your needs.

Taking good care of your snowblower involves almost the same concepts as owning a car, or perhaps using a mower. Use the suggestions in this guide and more, to improve longevity, as well as the overall snow removal performance of your machine.

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