The first thing to do when servicing your snowblower is to know its model, if you can find the owner’s manual the better. You must know if your snow blower is gasoline or electric and if it has a safety key. Disengage all control levers, stop the engine and wait for the moving parts to come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it. Unplug any wired devices you are using. Disconnect the battery from a cordless snow blower before using it. Remove the spark plug or cut off the electricity.

What maintenance tasks are required for a snow blower?

Electric snowblower

They require little or no maintenance with the replacement of any electrical parts or worn parts. There are no oil or spark plug changes to worry about. Just plug and play!

Battery-powered snowblower

They also require no regular maintenance but may need replacement batteries over the years.

Gas snowblower

They are the only ones that really require constant maintenance. They need oil changes, new spark plugs, shear pin replacements, and other fun stuff. Fortunately, the costs associated with these maintenance requirements are not that high and in the event of a power failure, they can continue to be used with peace of mind.

Here is a basic step-by-step guide on how to service your snow blower.

  • Check the tightness of bolts, shear bolts, and other fasteners on a regular basis.
  • Examine shoes, slide plates (if supplied), shaving plates, and scraper bars for wear or damage; make any necessary adjustments or replacements.
  • If equipped, inspect the scraper bar/shaving plate and replace it as necessary.
  • Make any necessary adjustments after making that the unit’s control levers correctly engage and disengage.
  • Keep the right pressure on the tires.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for applying lubricant to the device.
  • Run the snow blower briefly after usage to clear the snow and avoid freezing the auger or impeller.
  • To stop corrosion or rust caused by melted snow and ice, sweep the machine and dry it with a cloth.

Gas snow blower extra attention

  • Before each use check the oil and add more if necessary.
  • Spark plugs should be changed every 100 hours or once per season.
  • When necessary change the air filter.

Maintenance of the cordless snow blower

  • The batteries need to get charged before using the snow blower.
  • If you have a non-insulated garage, store and charge the snow blower batteries inside your home.
  • The manufacturer may recommend not storing the battery fully charged or may recommend charging the battery occasionally during long periods of storage.
  • After the snow season is over, store the snowblower.
  • Store the snowblower in a clean, dry place away from corrosive materials.

Manufacturer’s stated storage procedure.

Here are some common practices:

  • Before storing, let the device cool.
  • Before putting the snowblower away for the season, clean the machine’s exterior and engine and let them dry.
  • If you have a snowblower that runs on gasoline, get the fuel system ready for storage. The fuel tank, fuel lines, and carburetor must remain empty for the snowblower to continue operating, according to the manufacturer. Utilizing fuel combined with a fuel stabilizer could be a substitute. Follow the instructions for the individual engine and snow blower you have.
  • Make sure the snowblower is stored in a location where the fumes won’t come into touch with a spark or flame if it has fuel in the tank.
  • As directed in the manufacturer’s manual, lubricate the snow blower.
  • Use mild oil or silicone to prevent rusting if you store the machine in an area without ventilation.
  • The maker of cordless snowblowers could advise routine battery charging.

Clean the clogged discharge chute.

The main cause of hand injuries and wounds is contact with the rotating blades of the discharge impeller. Do not clean the clogged discharge chute with your hands.

How often should you get your snow blower?

snowblower and snow

Oil changes should be performed after the first 5 hours of use or at 50 hours of use and are not required until the end of the year. However, we suggest that you check the oil in your snow blower after every 5 hours of use to make sure it is at the proper level and not getting too dirty.

Spark plugs are changed once a season, or after 100 hours of use. It is a good idea to clean the spark plug every 20-30 hours of use and check its gap. This way it stays clean, and if it needs to be changed sooner, you will know.

Add a fuel stabilizer to the tank at the end of each season to conserve the gasoline left in the tank. This will make it easier to start the next season when you pull it out of the garage and put gas in it. Some believe that an alternative to the fuel stabilizer is to run the engine until the tank, lines, and carburetor are dry and the engine shuts off.

Skid shoes help prevent the augers on two-stage blowers from scraping the ground or picking up rocks. Skid shoes wear out and should be replaced when necessary.

Annual maintenance cost of gas snow blowers.

Gas snowblowers have a higher maintenance cost. Between oil change, spark plugs, fuel stabilizer, screws, and shears it is approximately $80.

How do you care for a snow blower after winter?

cleaning snow

The reason for using a fuel stabilizer is to preserve the gasoline from decomposing and turning it into a varnish that can clog injectors, fuel lines, etc.

The fuel stabilizer absorbs moisture in the tank before the gasoline has a chance to do so, allowing it to stay fresh much longer between uses.

It’s an extra level of safety, so if I forget to drain the fuel tank before putting it away, the chances of damaging the snow blower are low.

Drain the fuel

It is mandatory to drain the fuel at the end of the snow-blowing season, even if the stabilizer is on. You can use a siphon or chemical pump to quickly remove the remaining fresh fuel and store it in a suitable fuel can.

Long-term storage of fuel in any type of gas engine is not recommended due to problems caused by corrosion of old gasoline and gunk buildup inside your tank. It is extremely difficult to clean a carburetor or replace fuel lines that have become cracked or fouled because fuel was left in the lines/tank.

To avoid this hassle and to be sure there is no fuel left in the system, simply run the snow blower until the remaining fuel is consumed.

Seal and protect your engine

  • Remove the spark plug, pour a drop of oil into the combustion chamber, and pull the rope a few times to lubricate the cylinder wall and piston.
  • Replace the spark plug and continue pulling until you feel resistance in the rope. This means that the piston has sealed the chamber to prevent air moisture from entering the chamber and causing off-season corrosion.
  • When it is time to use the snowblower again, check the spark plugs, disassemble it, inspect it for dirt and clean it with a maintenance kit or buy new ones and install them.

Clean and lubricate

Take a warm, damp cloth and wipe the snowblower, removing salt and other types of stains.

Once dry, spray exposed metal parts with a rust-preventative or engine storage spray to protect them from rust and corrosion.

Wrap it up

After all the preparation you’ve already done, don’t risk leaving such a useful machine exposed to collecting dust or dirt on the engine.

Snow plow covers are inexpensive and will preserve the life of your snow plow, keeping it looking like new while saving your paint from scratches. Unlike plastic tarps or garbage bags, the covers mean to breathe, which prevents “sweating” and moisture buildup year-round. Consider putting a mat where you store your snowblower to prevent moisture from the ground from damaging it. The carpet acts as an insulator.

Storing your snowblower

Garage Storage

In winter, there’s nothing better than keeping the snowblower covered and on a carpet in the garage so it’s dry and easy to access.

However, in the spring, that space is replaced by lawn equipment, and keeping it in the garage can be a nuisance. The next best option is to move the blower to your shed, but remember to keep it covered as you would in the garage.

Outdoor Storage

Leaving your snow blower outside and exposed to the elements is not a good solution, even if it is well-covered. If you must make sure it is covered and off the ground to avoid water damage from melting snow or rain.

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Snowblower maintenance. All you need to know was last modified: December 7th, 2022 by Vanessa Gallanti
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