Most homeowners weary of a long winter season put away the snow blower and forget about it once spring arrives. However, when the cold season comes by again, the snow blower needs to be ready to work before the first snowfall hits the ground.  Homeowners are faced with a couple of options namely pray the blower starts the moment you need it or perform routine maintenance on the machine prior to the onset of another winter season.

Safety First

According snow blowers MN specialists, prior to any maintenance steps one needs to ensure that the engine is completely turned off which include removing the spark plug and the wire. Normally, the wire and boot are in plain sight either on the top or at the back. Simply pull the boot off as well as the spark plug to prevent any chances for the engine to start by chance.

Change Snow Blower Oil

The location of the oil drainpipe is usually on the side or back of the machine. Simply unscrew the end and tip of the machine to allow the oil to drain out into a can or a drain pan. Next step is to add new oil like 5W-30 (please do check the owner’s manual for recommendations) by inserting a funnel into the hole where the dipstick goes and then pouring the fresh oil in. Make sure to pause occasionally while adding new oil to check if the recommended amount has been put in. Avoid overfilling the engine as it can cause severe damage.

Drain Old Gas

Equipment parts and service MN experts recommend draining out old gas that has been sitting in the tank for months, as this is no longer good to use on the snow blower. There are some machines that feature a drain valve on the bottom of the tank. If your machine does not have this, removing the rubber gas line on the bottom will allow the gas to eventually drain out.

Make sure to replace the spark plugs and replace it with new ones based on manufacturer recommendations. If your machine features a belt, do check for signs of cracking or fraying and then replace accordingly.