We’ve all been there. You wake up to find that Old Man Winter has dumped two solid feet of snow on you during the night. Your sedan will never make it out of the driveway. Luckily, you made the wise decision last year to purchase a Troy-Bilt snow blower. You head down to the garage, fill it up with gas, and crank the engine. The thing purrs like a kitten and you have your driveway clear in no time. But it doesn’t always go so smoothly. Your Troy-Bilt snow blower is a good machine, but it’s still a machine. If not properly maintained, it will break down. Fortunately, keeping to a regular maintenance schedule can help to stop that from happening.
Your snow blower’s engine needs oil to run smoothly, and the oil needs to be changed fairly regularly so that it can properly lubricate the engine. You should change out the factory oil after the first five hours of use. After that, it’ll need to be changed every season or after 50 hours of use. To make sure that your snow blower isn’t losing oil, you should check the level after each use or after five hours. When you check the oil, it’s a good idea to clean the area around the exhaust. You can also use this time to give any bolts and nuts you see a good once-over to check for tightness, and inspect the rest of the machine for excessive wear or damage. Also remember to check the fuel lines for cracks or leaks.
Another important seasonal maintenance task is checking the spark plug. Excess carbon can build up in the spark gap and reduce the fuel efficiency of your snow blower. Keeping the carbon off will also extend the life of your spark plug. If cleaning the plug doesn’t seem to cut it, or if the plug has been in use for more than 100 hours, it’s best to change it out. Once you’re done checking the plug, it’s time to lubricate the gear shaft. This will keep the shaft from rusting and seizing up. If you live in a particularly snowy climate, you should perform both of these tasks after every 25 hours of use.
Sticking to a regular maintenance plan is the absolute best way to extend the life of your snow blower and make sure that it’s in working order when you need it to be. Unfortunately, even the best-maintained machines sometimes break down. When this happens, it’s important to replace any defective parts with the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) parts only. OEM parts are designed by the people who made your snow blower, so you know that the part you buy will be compatible. Parts which weren’t made by the OEM may not meet the specifications required for the machine. If that happens, you could damage your snow blower, or potentially risk your own safety.
For those times when your machine breaks down and you want high-quality, OEM parts, Ralph Helm, Inc. (www.ralphhelminc.com) has got you covered. The user-friendly online parts tool will let you find the part you need quickly and easily. Your part number can usually be found on the part that you’re replacing, but if years of good use have caused it rub off, the multi-level drop down list will help you find what you need in a hurry. And, if you’re having trouble locating exactly what you’re looking for, feel free to use the form just below the search box, and we’ll make sure you get to where you’re going. Just don’t forget to give us your model number or serial number, if you can. It’ll help speed up the process.
Your Troy-Bilt snow blower is an excellent machine, but it takes regular maintenance to keep it that way. If you follow these guidelines, and remember to only use OEM parts, you’ll add years to the life of your snow blower.