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Tips you should know before firing up your snow blower

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 11:51:37-04

You're not going to need the shovels or snow blowers anytime soon, but with snow in the forecast for some areas across Western New York, it may be time to put away the grill, and get the snow blower out of storage.

Before a big storm hits, there are a few things you should do before firing up your snow blower for the first time this year:

- Change the oil! It's likely your snow blower has been sitting in storage for quite some time. Start the blower to heat it up. Turn it off, drain and replace the oil.

- Replace your the spark plug.

- Fill it up! If possible, empty the gas tank of old gas before you fill it with new gas.

- Check the auger. It's one of the hardest working parts on your snow blower. 

- Check and inspect the tires for wear and tear.

- Get rid of grime and dirt using degreaser. 

- Replace the fuel filter. 

- Get a good look at the shave plate. If it's damaged or worn out, replace it, especially if you have a two-stage snow blower.