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post #1 of 10 Old 10-08-2010, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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how often should i change the oil

for the people here that have had their snowblowers for a while. how often do you normally change your oil and what kind of oil do you normally use?
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I change it once a year before I put it away for the off-season. I've been using a 0w-30 synthetic the last few years with good results--easy starts in the cold!
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thanks. is there any brand you prefer to use? im assuming the thinner the weight of the oil the easier itll be to get it to start in the cold?
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That's usually the case with anything that needs motor oil. The thinner the weight the easier it is for the components to move. The thicker the weight the more it protects the motor but at the same time that harder it is for the components to move.
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Really, these engines aren't picky. I've used Mobil 1, Castrol, etc.....it's all good!
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That's good to know. I don't really have enough experience with different snowblowers to see any difference in the oil being used.
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At least once a year. I like to change it in the middle and the end of each season before draining the carb for the summer.
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Been changing mine annually on the same 8 hp Tecumseh for over 30 years with no problem.
I used 10W-30 for a long time and switched to 5W-30 about 4 years ago.
Regular Quaker State has worked fine for me. I do think any major, well known brand of oil that meets the API SJ rating or higher will work just fine. I think the API ratings now go to SL and SM.
The later letter in the alphabet denotes the later or newer release.

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Tecumseh recommends SAE 5W30 for my old 8HP L head, and I believe B&S also recommends the same for winter use. If I recall the recommend changing evey 25 hours, but I don't put that much on in a season, so after the season is don, it gets fresh oil. I don't use synth, but I do think that any reputable oil will do.
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Well... Im REAL bad with oilchanges on my snowblower!! I think I went 5 years before without changing it. That being said... I would change it once at the end of the season. that way you get all the water, and acids out of the crankcase before it goes into its long summer slumber. For oil I ALWAYS use synth oil in my snowblowers. It cost more, ya... but realy you only need a qt or two once a year..It makes starting in the cold a LOT nicer!! Also holds up well to the heavy load a snowblower lives with.


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