What should I do to get my snow blower ready for winter?

These steps can get your snow blower ready before the first flakes fall.

  • Fill the tank with stabilized winter-grade fuel and start the engine to make sure it's running well. If you left gas in it last year and didn't add a fuel stabilizer, it may not work well and may have gummed up your carburetor. If so, you may need to drain it and add fresh fuel. Many blowers have a drain valve, but please refer to your owners manual for specific instructions.
  • Change the oil if you didn't do so at the end of last winter; make sure you check the owner's manual for the correct grade and viscosity. On most models, the drain plug is on the back of the unit and comes off easily with a socket or wrench. Place a drain pan under the plug, open it up and let the old oil drain. You may need to tilt the machine towards the end to make sure all the old oil drains. Reinstall the plug and use a funnel to add new oil through the dipstick/fill hole. As you fill, insert the dipstick to check the level and add until you reach the 'full' mark. Don't overfill because that can do almost as much damage as under filling.
  • Check other parts of the machine, including the spark plug (clean or replace if necessary), tires (add air if necessary), belts (inspect for wear and replace if necessary) and all moving parts (lubricate them and make sure they're properly adjusted). Be sure and check your shear pins and auger. You want to make sure all the pins are in place and that there is no damage or rust.
  • Spray the discharge chute with silicone spray to prevent snow from clogging it later.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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