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Snowblower not used since last oil change - Should I change oil now?

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I have a Toro Power Clear 418 snowblower.

About a year ago, I tried to use the snowblower, but the snowblower wouldn't start.

I changed the engine oil, but the snowblower still did not start. I inserted a new sparkplug, but the snowblower still did not start.

I inserted some gasoline into the sparkplug hole, and the snowblower ran for a couple of seconds. So, the people on this forum came to the conclusion that the carb was the problem.

Over the summer of 2017, I removed the carb, cleaned the carb, and had a Home Depot employee clean the carb some more. I then reinserted the carb. However, I have not yet tested the snowblower to see whether the carb cleaning worked.

So, here is the bottom line: The engine oil that is currently in the snowblower, has been sitting there for about a year. I live in Chicago, and the oil has been sitting there since last winter. The snowblower has not been used since this current engine oil was inserted, except for the snowblower running for 2 seconds after the insertion of gasoline into the sparkplug hole.

If I'm planning to use the snowblower in the next few days (or weeks), should I change the engine oil first? Is there a chance that the current engine oil has been contaminated by condensation over the past year?

Thanks for any help.
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Not all that much to worry about but you can always drain it and put in new oil. your not going to get that much condensation anyway so I would not waste it.

I would not hesitate to buy a new spark plug and a spare and gap it for the correct gap for your snow throwers engine.

You could have a bad plug to begin with where it will start the engine up and get hot and then croak and when it cools it will start again as the spark plug cooled and contracted just like a bad old coil will do the same thing.


I would buy premium fuel and seafoam to treat the fuel. I have used seafoam for years and it always helps all my small engines both 2 stroke and 4 stroke and my pickup as well.

Use the seafoam in the new gas and let it sit for a day as it should help a lot to break up any gum or varnish from the old fuel.

In my case I either shut the fuel tank off on the four stroke engines or drain the mixed gas out of my 2 cycle engines each time I am done with them but I leave the mixed gas in the snow throwers during the winter if I am using them every day.
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Get the thing running before you worry about the oil. If you change the oil again and still cant get it running, you've wasted two oil changes.

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Jack, Seriously? 168 posts last year trying to get a jet cleaned and you never started it?
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...not-start.html
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...nowblower.html
Wow, that's serious research man. Yeah it's showtime or start a new thread on moving the PC 418 to the curb and getting a new blower.

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Use fresh gas. If you have gas in the tank from last year, drain it out before you try to start it again.
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Get the thing running before you worry about the oil. If you change the oil again and still cant get it running, you've wasted two oil changes.
I was concerned that, if there was condensation and therefore water, then starting the blower could get the water into the engine and cause more problems.
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Use fresh gas. If you have gas in the tank from last year, drain it out before you try to start it again.
The gas tank has been empty for a while. The gas will be fresh.
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Jack, Seriously? 168 posts last year trying to get a jet cleaned and you never started it?
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...not-start.html
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Last winter, except for that one time I tried to use the blower, we did not have any significant snow. I thought that this winter would give us more of the same.
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I was concerned that, if there was condensation and therefore water, then starting the blower could get the water into the engine and cause more problems.
I wouldn't worry about it. Get the engine running first. Then, if you really want to, change the oil.

But at least check the oil level before starting it. Too low is bad, of course, but too high is also bad, especially if the oil smells like gas (due to fuel contaminating the oil).

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