You may not be ready for the coming winter season, but it may be in your best interest to prepare your snow blower for it. Get ready before the first storm touches down by carrying out some routine upkeep on your snow blower now. The following snow blower maintenance tips will help you make sure your machine is ready for duty.

Change the Spark Plug

Disengage the plug from the lead, and remove it with a wrench. If you find damage or deposits, swap it with a new one. If you do not find any damages however, place it back in and secure, but not too tight.

Inspect the Belts

If the belts show signs of wear and tear, or cracks, you should replace them. As a precaution take a photo of the belts before you remove them, so you’ll know exactly where they go when it’s time to replaces them.

Give the Paddles Their Due

Auger paddles are the hardest working components on your snow blower, so be sure to check them often for wear and tear. If they do not seem to hit the ground anymore, have them replaced.

Check the Shave Plate

This component scrapes the snow off of your driveway. If it is attached to a single-stage snow blower, have it reversed. For a two-stage snow blower, attach a new one.

Flip the Skid Shoes

These components are adjustable pieces on a two-stage snow blower. They let you adjust the height of your auger. Most are reversible. If your skid shoes look worn, turn them over and use the opposite side, and make a note to replace them next year.

Check the Shear Pins

The shear pins is what attaches the auger to the gear case of your blower. It is a safety feature; they should break if the auger and gear case are overloaded.  Keep extras in your garage, since you would not want to have them break with no replacements on hand.

Change the Oil

Turn the blower on and let it warm up to help the oil flow easier. Turn it off, then pull the drain plug and allow the oil to drain into a container. Place the plug back in and fill the machine with oil.

Use Fresh Gas with Stabilizer

Fill up your machine with fresh gas and make sure to add fuel stabilizer. It will keep the gas fresh longer and help prevent clogging.

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