4 steps to be ready for what winter has in store
Despite best intentions, it seems like every year I have to take the snowblower to the repair shop after the SECOND snowfall of the season. The first snowfall always takes me by surprise, and melts before I can bring the snowblower out from the dark corner of the garage when it has been hibernating since last April.
What’s with the second snowfall? That’s because it won’t start. So, don’t be like me; don’t be a dope.
Follow these steps now, before winter blows in
1.On a warm sunny day, bring the snowblower out of the garage and give it a thorough cleaning with a hose and rag—you can’t see what’s wrong if it’s covered in grime and leaves.
2.A snowblower is a lawnmower with a different face. That means you should change the oil, remove and clean (or replace) the spark plug, and clean or replace the air filter.
3.Spray lubricate all cables and moving parts to make sure they move freely. Pneumatic tires should be inflated to proper pressure.
4.The most important step of all: start with a full tank of fresh ethanol-free gasoline.
With all this behind you, the snowblower should start on the first pull. Or the second.
Here’s a handy how-to from Toro