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First time owner, how should I prep for storage?

I have a Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO - what should I do to prep it at end of winter? Drain the gas ... ? Please advise. Lee
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new machine ? how many hrs this winter ? access to non ethanol fuel ?
hose down and let dry, lube all cables, moving parts , grease zerks etc.

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You are going to get multiple answers.

If you have non ethanol gasoline, use that.

Put fuel cleaner and fuel stabilizer in your gas can, put that in your snowblower, run it for 5 minutes. If a plastic gas tank, drain the tank and fuel bowl. If metal, keep it topped.

Some on here do their servicing in the spring, others wait until the fall, and some wait until the weather forecast! I just recently couple weeks ago started a post on this. You can search using my name.

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Well, I just asked two friends/neighbors - they say they drain the gas.

Looking around the site, I found this:

"Ariens just put out a reccomendation to fill the tank with stabilized fuel, and then run stablized fuel through the blower for a few minutes, before switching the fuel shut off...off, then letting the blower run until it runs out of fuel."
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...n-gas-not.html

We had little snow in New England this winter - I would estimate 3-4 hours of use, max.
I use fuel from the pump at the gas station - believe that is ethanol fuel, but I used stabilizer every time I refueled.

JLawrence, will look for your post, thank you.
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Here's what the shop I bought the blower from said in an email response to me:

"Run out all gas station fuel Add a quart of ethanol free fuel. Run engine for 15 minutes and then store."

Does this sound reasonable?
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I, too, are interested in this question, nowhere can I find the answer
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NO,

because your fuel is still going to vacuum up/attract any moisture that
will enter the breather hole in the gas tank cap.

Use fluid film or PB blaster to lube the control linkages for the snow blower.

Do you know if you have a friction disc for the wheel drive or a snow blower transmission??? You need to find this out.


If you are comfortable doing the work and have good hand tools and a spark plug wrench and a good wedge type gapping tool you can do it all yourself.

Spare parts you should have on hand WHERE YOU will remember they are.

1. V belts

a.Put both of the V belts in a black plastic garbage bag and put a tag or a piece of tape on the bag and write on the bag what it contains and tape the bag to a wall where you will see it. The black plastic bag helps protect the V belt from the ozone in the air.

2. spark plug.
a. tape the zip lock bag containing the spark plug box on the wall next to the V belt bag.

3. shear pins purchase at least 6 and tape the zip lock bag of shear pins on the wall with the other spare parts.

4. spare fuel filter tape it to the wall with the other parts.

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1. drain all the fuel into a waste oil can or a standard gas can to use in another
machine like a lawn mower if you have one.

2. close the choke and start the engine and let it run, when it dies again repeat closing the
choke and starting the engine.

3. drain the fuel bowl of any remaining fuel by removing the drain plug

4. reinstall the drain plug
a. change the fuel filter if it has one with a new clear plastic fuel filter

5. drain the old crank case oil and pour in new motor oil to replace the old oil you drained out.

6. reinstall oil drain plug

7. purchase some Irish Spring bar soap and put one bar at the base of the engine and the other bar
on top of the engine by the air intake box.
a. purchase a spray can of cable lube to lube the sheathed cables to keep them lubed up over the summer and fall months

b. raise the snow blower up and but some wooden blocks under it to keep the tires of the ground during the off season to
prevent them from flat spotting.

9. wait until the late fall and pour in fresh gas with some seafoam fuel treatment
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NO,

because your fuel is still going to vacuum up/attract any moisture that
will enter the breather hole in the gas tank cap.

Use fluid film or PB blaster to lube the control linkages for the snow blower.

Do you know if you have a friction disc for the wheel drive or a snow blower transmission??? You need to find this out.


If you are comfortable doing the work and have good hand tools and a spark plug wrench and a good wedge type gapping tool you can do it all yourself.

Spare parts you should have on hand WHERE YOU will remember they are.

1. V belts

a.Put both of the V belts in a black plastic garbage bag and put a tag or a piece of tape on the bag and write on the bag what it contains and tape the bag to a wall where you will see it. The black plastic bag helps protect the V belt from the ozone in the air.

2. spark plug.
a. tape the zip lock bag containing the spark plug box on the wall next to the V belt bag.

3. shear pins purchase at least 6 and tape the zip lock bag of shear pins on the wall with the other spare parts.

4. spare fuel filter tape it to the wall with the other parts.

================================================== ===========================

1. drain all the fuel into a waste oil can or a standard gas can to use in another
machine like a lawn mower if you have one.

2. close the choke and start the engine and let it run, when it dies again repeat closing the
choke and starting the engine.

3. drain the fuel bowl of any remaining fuel by removing the drain plug

4. reinstall the drain plug
a. change the fuel filter if it has one with a new clear plastic fuel filter

5. drain the old crank case oil and pour in new motor oil to replace the old oil you drained out.

6. reinstall oil drain plug

7. purchase some Irish Spring bar soap and put one bar at the base of the engine and the other bar
on top of the engine by the air intake box.
a. purchase a spray can of cable lube to lube the sheathed cables to keep them lubed up over the summer and fall months

b. raise the snow blower up and but some wooden blocks under it to keep the tires of the ground during the off season to
prevent them from flat spotting.

9. wait until the late fall and pour in fresh gas with some seafoam fuel treatment
This is way over my skill level - I'm not at all mechanical ("man's got to know his limitations .."), so no way I'm going to do all this. Can you advise a "snowblower summer storage prep for dummies," please?
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This is way over my skill level - I'm not at all mechanical ("man's got to know his limitations .."), so no way I'm going to do all this. Can you advise a "snowblower summer storage prep for dummies," please?
What about my answer?

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
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JLawrence, I tried to find it, but you have a lot of posts, and I couldn't seem to locate it. Could you help me find it? Thanks, Lee
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