Snow Blower Maintenance

All adjustments should be checked at least once each season. Always observe the safety rules when performing any maintenance.

BEFORE EACH USE

1. Check engine oil level.

2. Check for loose fasteners.

3. Check controls to be sure they are functioning properly.


AFTER EACH USE

Clean and inspect the snow blower

Do not use a garden hose to clean your snow blower unless the electrical system, muffler and carburetor are covered to keep water out. Water in engine can result in shortened engine life.

For best performance, keep snow blower housing free of any dirt or trash. Clean the outside of your snow blower after each use.



• Once a year, you should replace the spark plug, change engine oil and check belts for wear. A new spark plug will help your engine run better and last longer.


TIRES

• Maintain proper air pressure in both tires 

• Keep tires free of gasoline and oil, which can harm rubber.

NOTE: To seal tire punctures and prevent flat tires due to slow leaks, tire sealant may be purchased. Tire sealant also prevents tire dry rot and corrosion.


V-BELTS

Check V-belts for deterioration and wear after every 50 hours of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not always adjustable. Replace belts if they begin to slip from wear. 


AUGER GEAR CASE

• In most cases, the gear case was filled with lubricant to the proper level at the factory. The only time the lubricant needs attention is if service has been performed on the gear case.


TRACTION DRIVE SYSTEM

The drive disc and friction wheel require no lubrication. The bearings and bushings are usually lifetime lubricated and require no maintenance.

CAUTION: Any lubricating of the above components can cause contamination of the friction wheel and damage to the drive system of your snow blower.


LUBRICATION

Keep your snow blower well lubricated.

Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five (5) hours of continuous use. Tighten oil fill cap / dipstick securely each time you check the oil level.

Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SF-SJ. Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature.

NOTE: Although multi-viscosity oils (5W30, 10W30 etc.) improve starting in cold weather, these multi-viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above 32°F. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil.

Change the oil after every 50 hours of operation or at least once a year if the snow blower is not used for 50 hours in one year.


HOW TO CHANGE SNOW BLOWER ENGINE OIL

Determine temperature range anticipated before next oil change. All oil must meet API service classification SFSJ.

• Be sure snow blower is on level surface.

• Oil will drain more freely when warm.

• Catch oil in a suitable container.

NOTE: On some models a wheel may be removed from snow blower for easier access to the oil drain plug and placement of a suitable container. The unit tilted, resting on the frame with a wheel removed, will help drain any oil trapped inside the engine. 

1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug.

2. Clean area around drain plug.

3. Remove drain plug and drain oil in a suitable container.

4. Install drain plug and tighten securely.

5. Wipe off any spilled oil from snow blower and engine.

6. Install wheel (if removed for draining oil). Be sure to install klick pin into proper hole in wheel axle 

7. Remove oil fill cap/dipstick. Be careful not to allow dirt to enter the engine.

8. Refill engine with oil through oil dipstick tube. Pour slowly. Do not overfill. 

9. Use gauge on oil fill cap/dipstick for checking level. Be sure dipstick cap is tightened securely for accurate reading. Keep oil at “FULL” line on dipstick. 

10. Wipe off any spilled oil.


MUFFLER

Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a fire hazard and/or damage.


SPARK PLUG

Replace spark plug at the beginning of each season or after every 100 hours of operation, whichever occurs first. Spark plug type and gap setting should be selected according to manufacturer recommendations.





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