Is your Snow Blower ready for winter? As much as this tool makes it easy to deal with heavy snow, keeping it in good shape calls attention to the correct maintenance procedures. These measures will make the difference between simple snow blowing and making several visits to the Snow Blower Repair Shop.
We bring you the most basic tips to take care of your Snow Blower.
Prepare to Inspect the Snow Blower
- Turn off the engine and wait to cool down
- Wait until the moving parts are completely still
- Disengage the control levers
- Remove the safety key
- Unplug the power extensions if you use an electric snow blower
- Switch OFF the ignition
Empty the Fuel Tank
Storing a snow blower without running the engine dry initiates the corrosion process on the blower. The engine may give you a hard time to start since the fuel gums the carburetor. This applies in particular if you forget to add a fuel stabilizer.
For the fastest start time, fresh oil is best for the blower after a few months of not using it.
- First, launch the engine to ensure dirt and debris mix with the fuel
- Siphon the gas to an empty can
- Run the engine until it no longer starts
Change the Oil
Most snow blowers use a 4-stroke engine where the oil is in a different compartment. Check if the oil as a golden color. If it has attained a brown to blackish shade, it’s time to do a replacement.
First, refer from the manual the correct method of draining the oil
- Remove the drain plug and pour the oil into a container
- Screw back the drain plug
- Ensure it seals completely
- Refill the oil to the correct level
- Check for any leaks
Inspect and Replace the Spark Plug
It may appear small, but the spark plug is a mighty entity of the snow blower. The pros recommend replacing of the spark plug once in every season. This is because, with its ignition role, it collects carbon and increases emissions experienced after startup.
- First, disengage the lead from the plug with a spark plug wrench
- If there are deposits and signs of damage, replace it with a new one
- Use spark plug threads to keep it tight but not too tight it refuses to come off at the end of the season.
Inspect the Belts
If you are using a single-stage snow blower, it will come with one belt for the auger. But if you own a two-stage blower, it carries two belts. One belt is for the auger and the other for the wheels.
- Check whether the belts have broken areas or they have stretched and lost their full operation. Inspect the shear bolts
- Tighten or replace the bolts if need be.
- Replace the belt if it has lost its full operation
Check and Replace the Skid Shoes and Scraper Bar
The skid shoes adjust the height of the blades on the snow blower. They undergo the most abuse ensuring the machine does not collect stones which may clog the impeller.
With sticky snow, the blower is deemed to clog at times, and this is where the scraper comes in. It helps maintain smooth running of the auger with minimal clogging.
Because of the heavy usage, these parts thin out and lose their usefulness over time. It’s, therefore, important that you replace them to keep the blower in good working condition.
If your blower has reversible skid shoes, it’s even better because they prolong their life, so you just turn them to the other side, bolt them and start working.
Check the Tires
Most snow blowers use pneumatic tires:
- Use a tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure
- Ensure the tires are not over or under-inflated
- Check the treads and side walls for wear and cracks
- If the treads are almost flattened out its time to replace the tires
- Always read the manual on manufacturer’s requirements
The best time to service your snow blower is at the end of the season before you store it away. Remember to be safe as you carry out the maintenance procedures. Wear gloves and always ask for help when you can’t figure out how to go about a certain process.