How to prepare your snow blower for storage

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If you live in the northern hemisphere winter is starting to wind down and it’s getting to be that time when you prepare your snow blower for storage.  I hope winter is over.  I freaking hate winter.  Hate snow.  Hate the cold.  HATE, HATE, HATE.

This quick 5 minute video produced by MTD will give you all the details you need to know to properly store your snow blower for next season.

Transcript provided by YouTube:

0:01 this video will show you what to do before storing your snow thrower for
0:06 next winter
0:07 depending on your model number the instructions in this video
0:11 might vary slightly whether you have a single or two-stage unit
0:15 it’s best to prepare for this project by reading the off-season storage section
0:21 have your operator’s manual to begin
0:24 checked the units maintenance items to see if they need replacing
0:28 these items can be found in your operator’s manual
0:31 in the maintenance and adjustment section and the Service section
0:35 grab a piece of paper to create a list have replacement parts
0:40 you might need on a two-stage unit
0:43 such as this one check this kid shoes and shave plate for where
0:48 this kid shoes in shape played are installed to protect the housing from
0:53 damage
0:53 so don’t wait until the where is so great that the housing is no longer
0:58 protected
0:59 this could lead to a major repair
1:03 make sure to always have a spare set of shear bolt on hand
1:07 drain any fuel left in the tank using the
1:11 Arnold siphon pump with the help of an additional person
1:15 carefully pivot the snow thrower up and forward so it rests on the auger housing
1:20 remove the lower frame cover from the underside of the unit
1:26 check the gear shaft and apply a light coating of oil to the heck shaft
1:31 be careful not to get any oil on the aluminum drive plate
1:35 or the rubber friction disc
1:38 checked the rubber friction disc for where or cracking
1:41 put the lower frame cover back in place
1:45 with the help of an additional person carefully pivot the snow thrower back
1:50 and down so it rests on the wheels and skid shoes
1:54 remove the belt cover on the front of the engine
1:57 and inspect the belt for where cracks in fraying
2:00 always use genuine factory belts
2:04 as they are designed with a specific length shape and strength
2:07 for peak performance and durability in your machine
2:11 non-original belts may look similar but they can’t match genuine factory belts
2:16 materials
2:17 or engineering put the belt cover back in place
2:23 you have a single-stage unit carefully till to snow thrower back
2:27 so what rests on the handle check the shave plate for where
2:32 many shaped plates have to wearing ages
2:35 and can be reversed if needed check the augers rubber paddles for damage in
2:41 where
2:41 they should be replaced if any excessive wear is present
2:45 do not let the rubber paddles where to the point that the middle portion of the
2:50 auger itself
2:51 can come in contact with the pavement
2:55 remove the belt cover on the side of the snow thrower
2:58 check the belt for where cracks or fraying
3:02 now return the unit to its upright position
3:05 if any of the items we just looked at need replacing
3:09 now is a good time to order them that way you have plenty of time to install
3:14 them before next winter
3:16 the next step if your unit has a 4-cycle engine
3:20 is to change the engine oil drain the oil by using a plastic drain sleeve
3:25 the may have come with your unit or you can use the
3:29 Arnold siphon pump next
3:32 remove the spark plug
3:37 inspect the spark plug before reinstalling it
3:40 clean it with a nylon brush if necessary
3:43 if you’re unsure if the spark plug is good or not
3:46 it is recommended that you replace the spark plug
3:49 reinstall the spark plug and reconnect the spark plug wire
3:55 clean debris from around the engine and muffler a playa like film a boil on any
4:00 areas that are susceptible to rust
4:02 wipe away any dried salt that may accumulate over the weather
4:06 to discourage rust
4:09 finally you should add fuel stabilizer to your fuel
4:12 and feel your units fuel tank this is better than storing it empty
4:17 empty fuel systems expose any bare metal parts to air and moisture
4:22 which leads to rust and also allows gaskets and o-rings to dry out
4:27 crack in shrink causing eventual problems
4:30 when you’re done store your snow thrower in a clean dry in well-ventilated area
4:37 away from any appliance with a flame war pilot light
4:40 such as a furnace water heater or clothes dryer
4:44 don’t store where power tools are used
4:47 if possible avoid storing and high humidity
4:51 keep the engine level when storing tilting can cause fuel
4:56 oil to leak if you plan on covering the snow thrower
5:00 make sure air can get under the cover don’t try to seal it up
5:05 follow the steps and your unit will be ready when the snow flies again


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