As winter comes to an end there are many things that you have to do in order to be ready for spring. Things like spring cleaning, prepping your lawn mowers, and snowblower storage. I will explain that just pouring in some fuel stabilizer is not always enough to insure proper storage and isn’t a guarantee that your machine will start next winter. I will also explain how properly prep and store your machine so that way your next season has the potential to have a smoother start.
Fuel stabilizers are great for proper snowblower storage but they do have their draw backs. I want to emphasize, just because you add a stabilizer to your fuel that doesn’t guarantee that it will keep the gas fresh for the entire off season. In fact a large percentage of all customers that come into our stores frustrated with their snowblowers have bad fuel in their tanks, and most claim that they have used a product like Sta-bil or another glycol based stabilizers. Because the glycol separates itself from the fuel it doesn’t offer the greatest protection for your fuel. It’s usually an easy fix, all we have to usually do is flush the fuel system and change the spark plug and they’ll start up without any problems. When choosing a stabilizer try to look for something that is petroleum based so it can mix with the fuel.
When it comes to proper snowblower storage, I get asked all the time whether it’s better to store snowblowers with fuel in it or to store it dry. I always suggest running the machine dry; this avoids problems related to the expiration of your fuel such as varnish build-up in the carburetor, deterioration of you seals and fuel lines, and drawing moisture into the fuel system of your machine. The best way to drain your machine is to either run it until it runs out of fuel or tip it over and pour it into a proper container so you can take it to a recycling center where the fuel can be disposed of properly.
Proper snowblower storage can make a huge difference in the way your machine starts and runs over its life time. If you drain the fuel and you don’t put too much faith in an additive that claims to keep your fuel fresh your chances of having a machine that doesn’t give you a headache every time you go to use it is reduced. So don’t get caught in the snow next season by taking time at the end of this season to make sure that your snowblower is properly prepped for storage.