Snowblower Tune-Up: Get Ready for Winter


Hi, this is Wayne from Sears PartsDirect.
Today, we’re going to talk about getting your snowblower ready for that first big snowstorm
of the year. You know it’s coming. Before you start, park your snowblower on a level
surface, remove the key and disconnect the spark plug wire. If you’ve got any fuel
left in the tank from last year, drain it. Use extreme care when handling gasoline. Work
in a well-ventilated area free of open flames or sparks. Fresh, clean fuel is a must. Old
gas absorbs moisture when it sits for a long time in the fuel tank or your gas can. Unless
you’ve used a fuel stabilizer, gas will go bad in about 6 months. Dirty gas can clog
the fuel filter in your tank, so you’ll also want to take a look and replace it if
it’s old or clogged. Most owner’s manuals recommend changing the fuel filter at the
start of every season. Here’s a video that will show you how to change your fuel filter.
While you’re in there, take a look at the fuel line and make sure there are no cracks
and that it’s still flexible and soft. Replace the fuel line if it’s cracked or broken. Here’s
a video showing you how. Spark plugs should also be replaced once per season. So, if you
know your spark plug is from last year, you’ll probably want to replace it. Here’s a video
to show you how to replace and set the gap on a spark plug. Now, let’s talk about oil.
Oil lubricates the engine parts and helps cool the cylinder. Oil is another thing you’re
gonna want to change once per season. This video will walk you through changing the oil
on a snowblower. Don’t forget to take that old oil to your local oil recycling station!
Next, we’ll lubricate the auger shaft and bearings to keep that auger from seizing up
in the dead of winter. Remove all the shear pins on the auger shaft. Spray a light coating
of silicone lubricant inside the shaft and around the spacers and flange bearings. Inspect
the shear pins for wear or damage and replace them if necessary. Reinstall the shear pins
and secure them with the cotter pins. Next, let’s check out your wheels and tires. Carefully
tilt the snowblower on its nose. Make sure your fuel tank is empty. Use a socket wrench
to remove the first wheel. Clean and coat the axle with multi-purpose automotive grease
to keep it from rusting up. Reinstall the wheel and secure it back on the axle. Repeat
the process on the other wheel. Now, we’ll use a pressure gauge to check the air pressure
in each tire. Press the gauge down on the valve stem to check the pressure and compare
it to the recommended psi found on the tire sidewall. Inflate or deflate the tires as
necessary. You’re also going to want to check out both of your skid shoes. The skid
shoes protect the shave plate from damage. The entire bottom surface of the skid shoe
should be touching the ground. If it’s not, you’ll need to adjust it. This video will
show you how. If your skid shoe is worn down to the point that the shave plate hits the
pavement, either flip it over, or replace it. Here’s another video with more details.
Next, you’ll want to clean off any dust and dirt from the auger control and drive
control pivots. Spray both of those pivots with lubricant. Then, you’ll need to do
the same to the auger cable bracket at the bottom of the snowblower. You’ll also want
to lubricate the Drive Hex Shaft. This video will walk you through that process. Now that
you’ve got this puppy all oiled, greased and all put back together, it’s time to
fill it up with fresh clean gas and make sure it’s working. Take your snowblower outside
and test out both handles under normal operation. If either handle doesn’t work, you’ll
need to adjust the cable. If the augers spin with the auger control disengaged, follow
the steps in this video to adjust it. If the snowblower creeps forward with the drive handle
disengaged, watch this video to learn how to adjust the drive control. One last tip
before we go. If you want to keep your snow moving freely though the chute, you can spray
the chute and auger housing with Teflon snow repellent. Here’s a link to where you can
find some. Hey thanks for watching. Check out the other videos here on the Sears PartsDirect
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13 comments

  1. How do I determine the model number? I bought mine used and don't have the owners manual for specific details. You have at least two different color blowers in this video. I have the red one with a 26" auger. Or are all the parts the same for different models? Like the belts, spark plug, ….

  2. Yesterday I blow snow hit te small rock broke down pin and naked noie on gear differential how to repaired. Show me on YouTube video crafman 24/5hp

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