Prepping your trusty 2X or 3X snow thrower for yet another winter,
or getting ready to face its first blizzard, these snow thrower
maintenance tips can help ensure you're prepared for cold and
snowy weather this winter.
Step 1: Prepare your snow blower for maintenance.
Place your snow blower on a flat surface. Turn the engine off
and let it cool down. Remove the safety ignition key to prevent accidental
starting of the engine.
Step 2: Change the engine oil in your snow thrower.
Best to have the engine warm. Drain plug is usually located on the
bottom side of the engine. Drain oil into pan. Refill to proper level
with 5w30 engine oil.
This should also be done after the first five hours of use.
Step 3: Install a new spark plug if necessary.
Check your spark plug at the start of every season.
Its best just to replace spark plug every year.
Step 4: Inspect belts for wear.
Remove the belt cover to inspect the belts.
If you see any wear or cuts in the belts now is the time to
replace them. It's wise to keep a extra set of belts and shear
pins on hand so you can make replacements quickly when necessary.
Step 5: Fuel tank.
Drain the fuel tank and replace with fresh fuel.
Check and replace fuel filter if your machine has one.
Best to use premium fuel and add stabilizer, so it stays
fresh longer. Consider starting it every so often if it sits for an
The Difference Between Winter-and Summer-Blend Gas:
Refiners often blend winter gasoline with butane, a relatively
inexpensive additive with a high RVP. They adjust the RVP of the
final formulation to as high as 15.0 psi to help the gasoline
ignite readily in the cold.
Step 6: Lubricate the drive and chassis.
Make sure all your parts are moving smoothly, also check the
machine over for any missing or loose nuts and bolts that
may have come loose.
Start machine and run through all the gears and adjust cables
Step 7: Adjust Scraper Bar and Skid shoes.
Check the scraper bar and skid shoes for wear, Adjust or replace
for proper clearance.
After you've prepared your snow thrower for winter, start it up
and let it run for a few minutes in a well-ventilated area just
to be certain there are no surprises when it storms. Consider
starting it every so often if it sits for an extended period.
Always use genuine OEM replacement parts when servicing your
equipment. Use our parts finder to locate and order any replacement
parts you may need for maintenance. Refer to your owner's manual
for additional maintenance information.