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Published on February 28th, 2014 | by Staff


Eight easy, money-saving tips to get snowblowers ready for off-season storage

Canton, Mich.—®, the trusted online store for replacement parts for home appliances, outdoor power equipment and heating and cooling equipment, today shared a list of tips to get snowblowers ready for storage.RepairClinic-8-how-to-tips-to-get-snowblowers-ready-for-off-season-storage

“It’s important to take the time to prepare snowblowers for storage,” said Jeffrey Linderman, outdoor power equipment specialist for “Just a few simple maintenance steps will extend the life of your snowblower and ensure that it runs well when you need it again.”

1.       Replace the spark plug.

The tiny but mighty spark plug should be replaced at least one per season, even if it appears to be working fine. Over time, a spark plug’s performance will degrade due to carbon buildup and a weakened electrode. This dramatically increases emissions, reduces engine performance and increases fuel consumption.

2.       Drain and replace the oil.

Before replacing engine oil, check your owner’s manual for the recommended way to tilt the snowblower. It varies from model to model. Unscrew the drain plug and release the oil into a bucket. Replace the plug and add fresh oil, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Used oil should be recycled. Most small engine repair shops have a free recycling program for this.

3.       Add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel.

Fuel stabilizer slows buildup in the carburetor. Follow the owner’s manual for instructions on leaving fuel in the engine during storage, as this varies by manufacturer.

4.       Degrease.

Spray a degreaser on greasy and dirty areas. Allow the degreaser to sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping with a clean cloth.

5.       Check the fuel cap and tires.

Fuel caps have small vent holes to allow air into the fuel tank. Replace the fuel cap if its air vent holes are blocked by buildup or debris. Cover or close the fuel cap vents. Check the tires for wear and replace as needed. For pneumatic tires, a tire pressure gauge should be used to check the air pressure.

6.       Lubricate bearings

Lubricate wheel bearings, auger bearings, and the impeller bearings.

7.       Inspect the scraper blade, slide shoes and other parts for wear.

Thoroughly check the scraper blade and slide shoes (a.k.a. skid shoes) for wear. These parts have the important job of protecting the housing from damage. Replace these parts if they have worn dangerously thin or are damaged beyond repair.

8.       Store in a cool, dry place.

Cover the snowblower to prevent dust and debris from entering the unit.

“While you’re preparing the snowblower for storage, it’s a good  idea to also get a jump on prepping your spring outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers, string trimmers, etc.” said Linderman. “A tune-up kit with air filters, oil and other maintenance essentials makes it convenient.”

[Note: Tune-up kits for small engines can be found at Small engine owners can enter their engine model number to find the kit designed for that engine. All kits are on sale through 5/31/14.


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All quotes from this release may be attributed to Jeffrey Linderman,’s outdoor power equipment specialist.


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11 Responses to Eight easy, money-saving tips to get snowblowers ready for off-season storage

  1. Carmen Longo says:

    Shut off gas line and run unit out of gas to eliminate varnish buildup in carb

    • Jody Lamb says:

      Hi Carmen, thanks for the tip. Yes, some manufacturers do recommend this; that’s why it’s important that you frequently refer to the owner’s manual for model-specific instructions. Thanks for reading!

  2. Jody Lamb says:

    Yes, awesome tips, Jim Anderson, Mark Dotson and Hugh Taylor! Thanks for sharing!

  3. don law says:

    remove the auger sheer pins and end bearings, pull shaft apart , clean surfaces and apply grease, reassemble. The auger shaft rusting to the inner shaft is a major failure for snow blowers

    • Jody Lamb says:

      Hi Don,

      Interesting, we haven’t heard that rusting is a common issue there.

      We don’t suggest disassembling the unit, for this purpose only. However, it’d be a good idea to spray the exposed metal parts with a WD-40-type product to disperse water and protect the exposed metal from rusting. However, if you happened to have the unit disassembled for repair purposes, we’d suggest applying a low-temp grease to the assembly just before reassembling the snowblower.

      Thanks for sharing your tip!

  4. Jerry Renehan says:

    Manufacturers should put a drain valve on the gas tank or inline within the hose from the tank to the carb.

  5. Earl Daniels says:

    If your snow blower has belts check them and replace as necessary.

  6. John Kent says:

    You could do perform all of these very informative tidbits, OR, you can stop wasting your time and blow it up in 5 years as a result from no maintenance. The money you didn’t spend on maintaining the blower could be used to buy a new one! Seriously! No Kidding!

    • Jody Lamb says:

      Hi John,

      Sounds like you’ve had good experiences with the life of your snowblower. Awesome.

      Without proper care, most snowblowers as well as other outdoor power equipment will result in expensive repairs, much sooner than 5 years. For example, not adding fuel stabilizer will cause the fuel to stale and eventually cause buildup to clog the carburetor and your snowblower will run poorly or not at all. This may require carburetor replacement. Failing to change oil every 50 hours of use, will result in degradation of the engine. A few things can happen: Dirt will build in the oil. The oil filter (if equipped) will remove the dirt for a period, but will eventually clog and the dirty oil will automatically bypass the filter though a relief valve. Dirty oil is thick and abrasive, so it causes more wear to the engine. Also, additives in the oil like detergents, rust fighters, friction reducers and dispersants will wear, so the oil won’t lubricate as well as it should. Eventually, the oil will fail to the lubricate and the engine will fail.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment.

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