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Question Snowblower "Tune-Up"

If you took your snow blower into a shop for a tune-up/pre-winter check over, what would you expect to have done?
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Spark plug, oil change, grease fittings, belt check/replace. Skid shoes/scraper adjustment/replacement.

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Add a compression test if its older and checking the drive tire if it's not a snow mule with a hydrostatic transmission.

The other thing up in the air is the condition of the tires and if the side walls have deteriorated they will have started to separate where the outer covering has started to separate from the sidewall layers and the rubber will look like pie wedges with old rubber.

When they look like this you need to decide whether you want to have tubes stuffed in them or just replace them. Replacing them will be less costly as the tires are weaker from age and exposure to ozone.

This takes 8 or more years to occur so you have to decide whether to have them changed.
The other thing is a tire store will be able to do this for you much more quickly and be less costly as they have the small tire jig tools to do this where a lawn mower shop will not have them.

In most cases and they may go all Samsonite gorilla suit case tester on them to remove the old rubber tires as they never ever use graphite tire lubricant to mount them and the rubber glues itself to the rims and they need to spend a lot of time cleaning the beads to have a proper bead seal to hold air.

If you have bad tires taking them or the entire snow mule to a tire shop will get them done more quickly, BUT the time
required remove them from the axle shafts is another issue as they can be stubborn as antisieze compounds are not brushed on these axle shafts anyway.

If they are old its better to do the tires now than have them fail in a 200 year snow storm.
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