Snow Blowers Snow Blower Storage

Published on February 9th, 2015 | by Turner Anderson


Snow Blower Storage – The Right Way

Goodbye snow blower! Time to pack up and tuck it in.

After a long winter of snow, ice, freezing rain, and power outages, the spring season is just a few warm breezes away.

But don’t just throw your snow blower in the corner. Take a few minutes to prepare it for Off-Season Storage.

Here are three easy steps to follow:

1.) Drain the Fuel

Leaving fuel sit in your snow blower during the long off-season will slowly corrode and clog the carburetor and fuel system components. This is what we like to call the damage from ethanol.

There are a couple ways you can remove all the fuel from your machine.

  • Turn on your snow blower and run the tank dry.
  • Use a fuel siphon pump to extract the fuel from the tank. The fuel you extract is safe to use in your car.

Remember, remove and drain the carburetor fuel bowl too!

2.) Create a Fix-It Checklist

Do a quick check of all the wear items on your snow blower, including the scraper bar, skid shoes, shear pins, augers, belts, and spark plug.

Make a list of any parts that will need to be replaced before next winter. It might even be easier for you to replace the parts now, before putting it away for storage.

3.) Clean Up and Cover Up

Thoroughly clean and wipe down your snow blower to remove salt and dirt buildup. This prevents rust and corrosion from eating away at the metal parts and paint on your machine.

Finally, whether storing your snow blower in a shed or in the back of your garage, throw on a protective cover to keep off dust and dirt.

*Owner’s Manual Recommendations

Read your owner’s manual to cover any additional storage procedures specific to your make/model of snow blower. Some further recommendations may include:

  • Changing the oil
  • Replacing the spark plug
  • Lubricating gear case and shaft

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6 Responses to Snow Blower Storage – The Right Way

  1. bill says:

    Why is it recommended to change the spark plug each season on these small horsepower engines? Why not clean and re-gap? One could not run an automobile with this kind of maintenance schedule.

  2. Greg says:

    Buy premium gas. Always add a stabilizer all year long, to any gas can you fill. Top off the tank. Next spring, will start right up. Twenty years in a row, it work. Greg in Michigan

    • xlbuilder says:

      Don’t waste your money on premium unless your engine has high enough compression to require it or your manufacturer specifies it. Premium in no way means better gas. It only means the fuel has a higher octane.

      Buy NON-ETHANOL fuel if available for all of your small engines. Run the tank completely dry for long term storage.

  3. Rob B says:

    Does the carb bowl require a new gasket or sealant when refitting it after emptying the gas from it? I have a new 2016 Ariens 28″ deluxe snothro.

    • xlbuilder says:

      Just carefully reinstall it. The easiest way to empty it is to just let it idle until it stalls from being out of gas. No disassembly required

  4. Dan Rossignol says:

    I have tried to grease the”zirk” (sounds like I made that up but it is a drive plate on my snowblower) but there is no way I can get either a standard grease gun fitting or even a needle on the fitting. I am way overdue. Any ideas?

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