In this tutorial, we are showing you a number of ways to maintain your snow blower during the summer time. These methods are applicable to all makes and models.
Watch the video below to learn more about snow blower repair:
Use Fuel Stabilizer
The idea for using a fuel stabilizer is that these formulas can keep fuel fresh for a long time. The method is effective in ensuring that fresh gas is available after a long period of hibernation and that the blower will run quickly the next time it is used.
You can use any brand of stabilizer. Get a bottle and flip it over to read instructions. Squeeze the bottle to put the right amount in the dispenser. Then, pour the stabilizer into the tank.
Run the machine for two to three minutes or just enough for the stabilizer to circulate and run all the way through the carburetor.
This method also carries the following benefits:
- It prevents corrosion, as the stabilizer will remove water. - It cleans the carburetor and fuel injector as well. - It can prolong the life of your engine by protecting it from rust, varnish and gum.
Gasoline stored for more than a year tends to lose ignitability (volatility). When this happens to the gas inside your blowers tank, the blower might not start for use in the next winter season.
Fill your tank up to 95% full. Add the stabilizer and then run the engine.
Empty the Machine
For this method, you are to empty the machine of fuel. This is specifically applicable to machines with gas bought from a gas station.
Gas from gas stations contains ethanol. Drain the tank before you put the snow thrower in storage. Why?
Ethanol has the tendency to mix with water and if your gas contains ethanol, the ethanol component will mix with water inside your tank. The combination will result to acid formation and then to corrosion of the tanks walls.
Use a gas siphon from a store. You can also use a turkey baster. After removing most of the gas, run your machine to dry it completely.
Gas-draining is one effective snow-blower maintenance method as it ensures there nothing left inside that can go bad while the blower is in storage.
The gas sucked out from a gas snow blowers tank can be used for other purposes. It can be used for fueling your vehicle for example.
Replace Worn Parts
Part of your snow blower storage routine is to regularly check the unit for parts wear and tear before putting the blower away. Replacements may not be needed this year, but maybe, next year. Things to check are:
- Shave plate and skid shoes These parts are there to protect your units housing from damage. - Rubber friction disc To check this part, you need to remove the frame cover located at the lower part of the machine. - Belt cover Worn belts can snap any time and cause serious injury. Replace it as soon as you see signs of cracking or tearing.
Check if Repair Is Needed before Storage
Checking for wear and tear in the parts is one aspect. There are times when the machine can suddenly stop. Or it just will not start. You wonder whether it already needs a premium snow blower repair service from the repair shop.
This is true especially the blower has already given you years of service. But before you even call for help, ask these questions first for possibilities that there are really no big issues requiring an experts attention:
- Does the machine contain fresh gasoline? - Is the gas cap clear of obstructions like snow or ice? - Does the machine have good amounts of oil? - Check the safety key. Is it in place? - Snow blower engines need proper priming. Did you follow the manual on this? - Check the spark plugs? Are they working?
If the checks have been done, but still the machine will not run, proper maintenance protocols call for an inspection by an expert.
Care for the Blower Properly and Keep the Surrounding Clean and Harmless
Just like other machines, snow blowers can get damaged by improper care and a harsh environment.
- Aside from the protective coats offered by lubricants and oils, make sure you clean the parts that you can reach with your own hands. Keep your unit free of road salts. - Moisture is one hard enemy. Cover your unit when not in use. Store it in a cool dry place where water condensation isnt likely going to take place. - Shut the fuel flow when transporting the unit. It will prevent fuel spills and flooding in the carburetor.
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