Preparing The Snow Blower For Spring Break

Although it is still freezing cold in some sections of the United, States, spring is just around the corner. So it is just about time to prepare your snow blower for its spring/summer break.

You shouldn’t take the prep fore granted. Heed these suggestions or your blower might not respond when you need it next winter.

First on the prep agenda is to clear out the old fuel.

  • Siphon out as much fuel as possible. If it doesn’t contain additives, save it and use in your car. If it has additives or if it includes a combination of fuel and oil, it’s best to dispose of it at your local hazardous waste facility.
  • Run some ethanol-free fuel through the blower to flush out any fuel that might be left. Let the machine run until it is totally dry of fuel.
  • Let the engine cool down, then open it up and remove the carburetor bowl.
  • Empty the carburetor bowl of any fuel that might be collected there.

Once the fuel has been taken care of, it is time to concentrate on the spare parts. The beginning of spring may be just the right time to perform this chore. That’s because stores may be offering the parts at discount prices to clear their inventory.

We encourage that you take the opportunity to visit one of our two locations of Small Engine Express or to visit the store through our website. Make a list of spare parts you will need for your snow blower in the future. You’ll save time if you buy the parts now and then have them on hand when needed. We suggest that you stock up with drive belts and shear pins. They just may be the most important parts to have on hand.

After your trip either digitally or in person to our store for spare parts, it’s time to change the oil of your snow blower.

Many snow blowers have separate oil reservoirs to assist in an easy oil change. Drain the old oil out and refill the reservoir with the same type of oil, specifically one that is recommended in the owner’s manual.

Now it’s time to give the old machine a once-over. Check for loose nuts and bolts and if found, tighten them. If you own a two-stage model, adjust the auger’s scraper and skid shoes so that the metal auger housing approaches near the surface without actually touching it. Check the tires. If they need to be inflated, follow instructions you’ll find in the owner’s manual concerning the proper inflation rates.

Finally, change the spark plug. Although you don’t have to do this on a once a year basis, it should be done perhaps every other year.  It would also help if you remove the plug and re-coat it with anti-seize compound so that it is easy to remove from time to time.