Make sure you're ready for the first blizzard of the season by changing the oil in your snow blower.
Start by reading and understanding your owner's manual and gathering the tools you will need.
A wrench to loosen the oil plug, a funnel, an oil drain pan, and new oil, are the basics of what you will need to change the snow blower oil. You may want to put your snow blower on an old piece of cardboard to catch any drips.
Check the oil level by pulling out the dipstick. If the oil level is within acceptable running range, start your snow blower to warm up the oil. This will help the oil and excess debris drain easier. After it's warmed up, turn the engine off.
Place an oil drain pan underneath the oil drain plug on your snow blower. Most snow blower drain plugs are located at the rear or on the side of the snow blower.
Remove the oil drain plug and allow the oil to drain into the drain pan. You may need to tilt your snow blower in order to let all the oil drain. Removing the dipstick may also help the old oil drain easier.
Put the drain plug back on after all the used oil has drained completely. Make sure you tighten the plug and check for leaks.
Place a funnel in the fill tube and refill the engine with the proper amount and grade of oil that is suggested by the snow blower's manufacturer.
Check the new engine oil level to make sure it's within a safe running range. Also check for drips around the drain plug or any other oil leaks throughout the engine.
After every use, check your snow blower for fluid leaks. A simple glance at the dipstick will let you know if you're running low on oil.
Stocking up on oil is a good idea, just in case you get snowed in for a while. Check out our supply of snow blower oil.
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