A quick tune-up on your snowblower is something you’ll thank yourself for all winter.
Getting a head start on the snow season by tuning up your snowblower is the best way to ensure that your machine will be dependable when the snow starts to fall. It will also make keeping your driveway and sidewalks clean a lot more manageable.
Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance steps for your specific model, as there are some differences in maintenance for single-stage and dual-stage models. For most models, the following steps are recommended:
- Check your belts, making sure they are secure and in good condition. If there is any wear or cracks on the belt, it should be replaced. If it is loose, tighten it.
- With the snowblower cover off, check the pulley to make sure it is secure and taut.
- While the cover is open, check the bearings for wear. Replace as needed.
- If it’s a four-cycle engine, replace the oil. Old oil can make the machine run sluggish, and even cause damage to your machine due to lack of lubrication.
- Replace the spark plug every few seasons.
- Determine if the scraper bar is worn down (check with your owner’s manual for proper wear specifications). To avoid long-term damage, replace if needed.
- Check the visible rubber on a single-stage snow blower. Replace any that is worn, cracked or torn. On a two-stage snow thrower, check the shear pins and the auger for damage or any obstructions.
- On a two-stage snow thrower, examine the skids for wear and replace if necessary. Adjust the skids higher for gravel driveways and lower for concrete or other smooth pavement.
- Run out any old gas in your machine before using it for the first time each season. Treat the old gas with Stabil (or some other storage treatment) and run the treat gas through the system to ensure full coverage. Old gas gets stale and may keep your snow blower from starting!
A snowblower tune-up only takes a few minutes, but you’ll notice the difference in your machine’s performance all winter long!
And if despite your best efforts your snowblower just won’t start, contact us. In addition to repairing and maintaining our own rental equipment, Broadway Rental’s service shop does snowblower and small engine repairs!