Published on December 1st, 2014 | by RepairClinic.com Staff0
How to prep a snowblower for winter: A snowblower tune-up checklist
Canton, Mich.— RepairClinic.com®, the trusted online store for replacement parts and free how-to repair help for lawn equipment, home appliances and heating and cooling equipment, today shared a snowblower tune-up checklist to aid in preparing a snowblower for the winter season.
“Proper maintenance of your snowblower, particularly at the start of the season, is critical to its safe and efficient operation,” said Jeffrey Linderman, lawn equipment specialist for RepairClinic.com. “Simple and inexpensive to dos completed now will extend the life of the snowblower and reduce likelihood of a mid-winter breakdown.”
Here is RepairClinic’s checklist to follow when tuning up a snowblower for the season:
1. Review the owner’s manual.
“Recommendations for snowblower care vary by manufacturer and by model,” Linderman said. “Review the owner’s manual at the start of every season to avoid expensive mistakes.”
2. Replace the spark plug.
3. Drain and replace the oil.
Take care when replacing the oil. Consult the owner’s manual for the proper way to tilt the snowblower, as this varies from model to model. Tilting the snowblower the wrong way in this step can cause expensive damage to key components. Remember that used oil should be recycled; this can be done at many auto part suppliers or small engine repair shops.
4. Add fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer.
“Fuel stabilizer is important,” Linderman said. “It slows the development of damaging buildup in the carburetor.”
5. Remove dirt and grime.
A degreaser spray will remove grease and dirty from grimy areas. Allow the degreaser to sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping with a clean cloth.
6. Check the fuel cap and tires for wear.
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 in the off-season. Check the tires for wear and replace as needed. A tire pressure gauge should be used to check the air pressure in pneumatic tires.
7. Lubricate bearings.
Lubricate wheel bearings, auger bearings and impeller bearings.
8. Inspect the scraper blade, slide shoes and other parts for wear and replace as needed.
Take the time thoroughly inspect key components such as 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,” said Linderman. “Replace these parts if they have worn dangerously thin or are damaged beyond repair.”
9. Test, troubleshoot and repair, as needed.
If a snowblower has performance issues such as starting and then stopping or malfunctioning augers, take the time to troubleshoot and repair now.
“Even minor changes in performance can indicate larger problems in a snowblower,” Linderman said. “Troubleshoot and make repairs to avoid downtime and costlier repairs later in the season.”
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