The best time to make sure your snow blower is ready to go for the season is in October or November before it gets really cold. That’s why we are saying Tune Your Snow Blower Engine Now! The picture on the left, covers most of the small engine types with snow blowers at the bottom of the picture. They all have similar steps, however obviously each is different and requires specific steps to make sure that your snow blower is ready to go for the coming winter. We will go through each of the steps or activities in a bit more detail.
Tune Your Snow Blower Engine Now
Inspect The Safety System – check that all levers etc disengage properly, with the engine off check the shear pins, lights work if you have them
Replace or Clean the Spark Plug – replace if in doubt, clean and regap if you reuse the old one.
Adjust the Skid Shoes if Needed – Check that the bolts are tight and they lift the shave plate slightly above the surface of your driveway
Change the Engine Oil – at minimum once a year in the fall and more often if the engine is used a great deal as per the manufacturers instructions
Adjust the Shave Plate if Needed – it should be slightly above the surface, but not so much that it leaves a significant layer of snow on the driveway
Adjust the Drive System if Needed – check the belts for fraying and cracking, replace as needed and ensure that there is an appropriate amount of tension
Test the Snowblower for Operation – Start it up and let it run for a few minutes and test all moving parts.
Add Fuel Stabilizer – to the gasoline tank and the extra fuel you keep for refilling. This will ensure that your engine runs smoothly and does not gum up.
Following these steps should ensure that you have a problem free winter, unless you have missed a major item that needs an overhaul.