Tips on maintaining your snowblowers, snowmobiles

By: Martha Boehm Email
By: Martha Boehm Email

For the last few weeks, small engine technician Craig Westaby has been tuning up about 200 snowblowers at ACE of La Crosse.

"Main problems we see is mostly fuel-related issues," Westaby said. "Fuel is a perishable item and when it sits over the summer it basically goes stale and the units will just not start and run.”

Westaby says, like your car, your snowblower needs a yearly maintenance check and an oil change each snow season.

“We get a lot of people they forget what their fuel mixture is or what they need for a spark plug," Westaby said. "You know, even things we can help them along, we try and do that for ‘em.”

Westaby says once you use your snowblower, you should keep it running for a bit to help melt some of the ice and snow to help prevent future problems. And he says it’s good to get your equipment checked before the snow starts to fall because there may be a waiting list.

Same thing goes for getting your snowmobile checked.

"A tune-up on a sled or a full-service would consist of checking the carburetors and making sure they’re clean, making sure they’re adjusted properly," said Rod Hall, owner of Rod’s Ride On Powersports.

Hall says you also want to check the tracks and make sure all the nuts and bolts are tightened.

“On snowmobiles things tend to loosen up because of all the vibration. So if you don’t do a yearly check-up making sure all the nuts and bolts are tight, things tend to get egged out.”

Both Hall and Westaby say if you keep your snowblower and snowmobile properly maintained, they’ll run smoother and last longer.

Westaby says using a fuel stabilizer will help keep your snowblower running smoother throughout the season.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Use FRESH gas with NO ethanol. Always run your tank dry at the end of the season.
  • by Jeff Location: Arkansaw on Dec 2, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    The solution, which i run in my pickup and motorcycle, you have to run the higher octanes, at most stations the 92-93 octane has no ethanol. it costs more but less them an engine.
  • by bad gas Location: central on Dec 2, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    This ethanol junk is what is killing our snowmobiles and small engines. I have been blowing up my snowmobile every year i drive it. Never had this problem with 100% gasoline. Now its a cup of oil to every tank of gas in my sled.
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