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Good-bye, winter. Summer will be here before you know it! Get your snowblower prepped for off-season storage in 5 simple steps to prevent startup issues next year.
5-Step Snowblower Winterization
1. Drain the Fuel System
Start the engine and run it dry of fuel. If you haven’t added a fuel treatment during the season, add a little now to prevent residual fuel from forming gummy deposits or fouling the carburetor or spark plugs over hot summer months.
2. Change the Engine Oil
After draining the fuel system, change the oil on your single-stage or two-stage while the machine is still warm. This will allow all fluid and residue to drain more readily.
3. Inspect Cables, Rotor Blades, and Scraper
Ensure all cables, guards, handles, and fasteners are secure and in place. If you find any are missing or broken, replace with Genuine Toro Parts.
4. Protect from Rust –Especially in Humid Summer Months
Check all metal parts for rust. Lightly sand and touch up any spots with Toro Genuine Paint so they don’t expand during the humid summer months. Avoid rust by storing your machine in a dry area, but not in your house or basement. On two-stage snowblowers, you should also grease the wheel shafts.
5. Review the Off-Season Storage Section of Your Owner’s Manual
Take a look through the off-season storage section of your owner’s manual. Use a protective cover to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in and on your snowblower during the summer months.
Simple Spring Chores = Longer Lasting Snowblower
Protect the reliability of your snowblower with parts designed specifically for your Toro model. Genuine Toro parts are made from premium materials and engineered to enhance the safety and performance of your Toro equipment. Plus, every part we ship comes with a one-year full warranty*.
*See your local dealer or retailer for complete warranty details.