Basic Snowblower Maintenance Tips for the Winter Season. Before the first snowfall blankets your driveway and walkways, perform some simple snowblower maintenance. Taking care of this now canmake snow removal a breeze all winter long. Here are five easy things you can do to ensure your unit is ready to dig through snow. Plus, if you find you need replacement snowblower parts, you can order those now.
On the unit, you'll see a canister marked "oil" with a plug on it. Get a pan to catch the oil, then open the plug and let it drain out. Once it's out, replenish it with fresh oil. Use a dip stick to be sure you add the appropriate amount. Then, run the machine for a few seconds so the fresh oil works its way into the system..
Just as debris can get into the oil, then open the plug and let it drain out. So, while you're refreshing the oil, take a look at the spark plug. First disconnect the spark plug wire. Then remove the plug. If it looks damaged or has substantial build-up that isn't easily cleaned away, it's time for a new one. You can find the park plug you need by using our Part Finder tool. Once you have this new snowblower part, install it and reconnect the wire.
If you put your snowblower away for the summer without taking a look at the belts, it's possible that the summer heat and previous wear and tear have wreaked havoc on them. It's best to examine the beltts for tears and fraying before it's time for snow removal. If the belts show signs of wear, you can easily replace them with the right snowblower parts from MTD.
Your snowblower will work better with fresh gas, so if the gas has sat in the tank for one or two season, drain it and replace it with fresh fuel. To do this, siphon off the old fuel and replace it with the new.
To help make snow removal easy, make sure all of the moving parts in the snowblower are lubricated and running smoothly. This will help avoid jamming or clogging. Be sure you lubricate the drive chasis, auger and any cables that are having difficulty moving..