You might not be ready for winter, but your snowblower should be. These important snowblower maintenance tips will make sure your machine is ready for the white stuff.
Winter is just around the corner. Be ready before the first storm hits by performing some routine maintenance on your snowblower now. Amanda Campana, Craftsman product manager for Sears, offers this checklist of what to do before the first snowstorm.
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8 Snowblower Maintenance Tips
Maintain Your Snowblower – 8 Things to Do Before the Snow Flies
1. Change the Spark Plug Disconnect the plug from the lead, and remove it with a wrench. If there’s damage or deposits, replace it. If not, pop it back in – secure but not too tight.
2. Inspect the Belts Wear and tear? Cracks? If so, replace them. Tip: Snap a photo of the belts before you take them off so you’ll know exactly where they go.
3. Give the Paddles Their Due The auger paddles are the hardest working parts on your snowblower, so check them often for wear and tear. If they don’t hit the ground anymore, replace them. Tip: Order replacement parts and searspartsdirect.com, or play it safe and call the pros at Sears Home Services.
4. Check the Shave Plate This scrapes the snow off your driveway. If it’s worn on a single-stage snowblower, reverse it. For a two-stage snowblower, replace it.
5. Flip the Skid Shoes These are the adjustable pieces on a two-stage snowblower that let you set the height of your auger. Most are reversible. If yours look worn, flip the over and use the other side, making a note to replace them next year.
6. See if the Shear Pins are Damaged Shear pins connect the auger to the gear case. Did you know they’re meant to break? It’s a safety feature – they’ll break if the auger and gear case are overloaded. Tip: Keep several extras in the garage. You don’t want to have them break with no replacements on hand.
7. Change the Oil Let the blower warm up to make the oil flow easier. Then turn it off, pull the drain plug and drain the oil into a container. Pop the plug back in and fill the machine up with oil.
8. Use Fresh Gas with Stabilizer Fill ‘er up with fresh gas (you did remember to empty it last season, right?) and make sure to include fuel stabilizer. It’ll keep the gas fresh longer and help prevent clogs.
Remember to be safe when working with tools, and always protect yourself. If in doubt, call the pros at Sears Home Services.