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How To Prepare Your Snow Blower for Storage

Posted by Terre Products on 4/3/2023 to News
How To Prepare Your Snow Blower for Storage

For April Fool’s Day this year, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball with a snowstorm. But now (fingers crossed) it’s time to put away the snow blower until next season. Here are some tips to prep your machine before storing it away so it’s ready to dig you out of the first heavy snowfall next winter.


1. DRAIN THE FUEL TANK: If your snow blower has a gas-powered engine, drain the fuel tank to prevent the gas from going stale. Gasoline can break down over time, and stale fuel can clog the carburetor and/or damage the engine.

2. CHANGE THE OIL: To prevent any contaminants from sitting in the engine for an extended period, change the oil before storing your snowblower. Be sure to use the recommended oil type for your snowblower brand and model number.

3. REMOVE THE SPARK PLUG: Remove the spark plug and add a teaspoon of oil into the spark plug hole to lubricate the cylinder walls. Then, pull the starter cord several times to distribute the oil.

4. CLEAN THE SNOWBLOWER THOROUGHLY: Use a broom or brush to remove any debris from the machine. Then, wipe down the snowblower with a clean, dry cloth to remove any moisture.

5. PROPER STORAGE: Store your snowblower in a dry, covered area, such as a shed or garage, away from moisture and direct sunlight. Do not store near any heat sources.

6. COVER IT UP:  If you don’t have a covered area for your snow blower, you absolutely need to cover it up with a secure, durable, waterproof TERRE snow blower cover. Our covers are specifically designed to protect your investment from the elements and prevent rusting of the body, rotting of wires, and potential clogging of the engine. A secure snow blower cover will also prevent small animals from making a home in your machine. Even if you have a covered location to store your machine, a cover is essential to give it a long life.

Follow these steps so that when the snow starts to fly again, your snow blower is in good shape to dig you out of the heaviest snowfall. Consult your snow blower owner's manual or seek assistance from a professional if you are unsure about any aspect of snow blower storage.

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