As the winter season brings about regular snowfall, your snow blower will be put to the test. While it can initially clear the snow away from your driveways and walkways with ease, repeated use for months will affect its performance.
Soon, you would need to conduct a snowblower oil change. Thankfully, this process isn’t as complicated as it sounds. With our quick guide, you can safely replace the snowblower oil to continue clearing operations.
Checking Parts And Draining The Oil
First, you must wear safety goggles and gloves to shield yourself from both debris and chemicals. After wearing protective clothing, you must check the amount of oil remaining in your snowblower. Just pull the dipstick out and check the oil level.
If there is enough oil to run the machine, turn it on to heat up the oil. Even a slight increase in oil temperature will help in draining the debris later. Wait for at least three minutes before you turn off the snowblower engine.
Next, you have to find the oil drain plug of your snowblower. Typically, this plug can be found either at the lower section or at the side of the machine. Once you’ve located it, put a sizable drain pan underneath it. Unscrew and take the oil drain plug away with the use of a wrench. Remember to have another wrench for holding down the oil tube while you remove the oil drain plug.
Upon removal of the plug, you should let the liquid substance go down the oil drain pan you placed below it. To ensure that the oil has been completely drained from the snowblower, you should tilt it a bit. Another tip is to temporarily remove the dipstick to slightly improve the oil flow.
Installing Parts And Filling Oil
If you’re sure that the oil has been wholly drained from the snowblower, you can put the oil drain plug back in place. Tighten it and ascertain that there are no chances of leakage. At this point, you must locate the oil fill tube and put a funnel on it.
The instruction manual of your machine will most likely have a section indicating the right amount and grade of oil for refilling it. After reading this and getting the suggested oil, you can finally refill your snowblower with new oil.
Here’s a video showing how to change the oil:
The level of the new engine oil should be sufficient enough for the snowblower to be turned on. Moreover, you must inspect the drain plug and the engine if there any oil drips or leaks. If there are none, you’ve successfully conducted an oil change.
As for the engine oil, you can safely get rid of it by giving it to a gas station. Never release the oil down the drain or inside a trash bin as both of these disposal methods are bad for the environment.
In conclusion, changing the oil of a snowblower is pretty easy and safe if you do it properly.If you have any questions, do give us a comment.