We know there's a calendar day marking the start of spring. But for most of us, it's when the snow melts and the grass starts growing.
Spring is coming, and it's time to trade the snow blower for the lawn mower.
But before you do, you'll want to follow these 4 easy tips to make sure your blower starts up next season.
1. Drain The Fuel As you're gassing up your mower for the spring, donít forget to do the reverse with your snow blower now that it's being packed away for the summer. It's best to drain all the gas from your snow blower engine before you pack it away. Some engines allow you to manually drain all of the fuel. You can save fresh fuel in a gas can. To be sure there's nothing left to go bad, just start the engine and let the gas run out.
2. Add Stabilizer If you don't want to drain the gas out, then be sure you add fuel stabilizer to your gas tank and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the stabilizer through the carburetor. Not adding fuel stabilizer to your gas tank can cause the fuel to go bad. That means damage to your snow blower and a tough time getting started next winter.
3. Remove the Spark Plug Remove your spark plug, and store it in a clean dry place where you'll easily find it next season. Consider pouring a very small amount of oil onto the pistons through the hole where your spark plug was removed. This will help prevent rusting or corroding of engine parts. You can get maintenance kits that contain most of the things you need. Just be sure to get the right kit for your model.
4. Wrap-it-Up Before You Park It in the Garage There's no need to leave such a nice machine collecting dust, and you certainly don't want dust and dirt getting into the engine or other parts. Covers are pretty inexpensive, and they'll go a long way in preserving the life of your snow blower. Invest in a quality snow blower cover and put your worries to rest.