Snow Blowers

Snow Thrower Pre Season Maintenance

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Snow Thrower Pre Season MaintenanceYour snow thrower pre season maintenance is due and there is no better time to do this work than now before it gets really cold. Pre season maintenance is easy when it is still warm. No one wants to be dealing with a snow thrower that will not run properly after that first snow fall when it is really cold and there is lots of snow. We have listed a number of steps for consumers to consider. If you are uncomfortable doing this work yourself, at least test start your machine and make sure that it is running smoothly. The following are the steps to consider.

Snow Thrower Pre Season Maintenance Activities

Always refer to your snow throwers service manual for any details and questions. These are the areas you should be review as part of the pre season maintenance activities:

  • Check Spark Plug
  • Check Belts
  • Check Tires
  • Grease Auger
  • Check Light is Working
  • Check for Loose Bolts
  • Test Start with Fresh Gasoline
  • Clean Carburetor if Needed
  • Test all Gears
  • Test Auger and Impeller

Check Spark Plug – remove the spark plug and remove any corroded material. You will need to reset the gap of the electrode or install a new plug after setting the gap properly

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Check Belts – all belts need to be at the proper tension. Replace if showing signs of wear.

Check Tires – make sure they are at the proper pressure. Tires seldom need replacement, however if they are showing cracks or losing air frequently, you may want to replace them.

Grease Auger – at the nipples in the auger with a grease gun. Use regular grease for this purpose.

Check Light is Working – check connections and / or replace as needed

Check for Loose Bolts – confirm all visible bolts are tight and secure

Test Start with Fresh Gasoline – Start the engine and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes

Clean Carburetor if Needed – if the engine runs rough, you may need to have the carb cleaned

Test all Gears – all gears both forward and reverse should work properly

Test Auger and Impeller – make sure the area is clear and then engage the auger to test that it works properly.

Change the oil – Now that the engine is warm, you can change the engine oil and place fresh oil in the machine as per the manufacturers instructions.

That is about it for basic level maintenance to get ready for the coming winter. Major repairs may need the services of a small engine mechanic if you are not comfortable doing this yourself.






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