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Breaking in new snowblower?

Hello. . .I just purchased a new Ariens Deluxe 24 from a local dealer. He delivered the machine serviced and set-up, but said nothing about the correct or even any break-in procedure. Is there anything I should be aware of or need to do to properly break in this machine? Btw, I searched the forum for any previous threads relating to this topic but couldn't find anything. There also isn't any mention of a break-in period in the owner's manual, implying, I guess, that there's no need to? Just seems that any new machine should be run for a while without a load just to get things seated properly, etc. Maybe change the original oil. Any thoughts/help would be appreciated.
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The manual for my Tecumseh Snow King OH195SA says change the oil after the first two operating hours, I imagine others would be similar.

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I'd avoid running it too long without a load, as load helps seat the rings. Just don't load it up too hard for the first hour or so of use.

As far as oil, personally I tend to change after 2 hours, again around 5, again at 10 and then pick up a more normal schedule from there on a small engine with no filter. No reason to leave any break-in debris floating around in the engine longer than necessary.
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Run the Machine FULL BORE Under load for 5 HRS' with non syn motor oil. after the 5 are in the books change it out. with whatever kind of oil trips your trigger.

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Run the Machine FULL BORE Under load for 5 HRS' with non syn motor oil. after the 5 are in the books change it out. with whatever kind of oil trips your trigger.

I am assuming that you have a part-time business selling replacement engines ! Or, I am missing your sense of humor...as usual,
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I am assuming that you have a part-time business selling replacement engines ! Or, I am missing your sense of humor...as usual,
He puts it a little blunt but heís not wrong, This debate has been going a long time, Itís the same with dirt bikes, some say easy running and others say run it hard as it seats the rings better and both sides have happy followers, I feel the engines can handle either BUT the important factor is changing the oil to get out any of the debris from breaking in, Dino oil is the best for this as since you are changing it so fast itís cheapest, There will be tons who may not agree with me but everyone has there opinion.

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Babied engines are more likely to burn oil. But running it flat out too early can be rough on things as well. Basically, you want enough load to seat the rings, don't rev it to the moon for the first bit and let things settle in before giving it full load.

Of course, with a snowblower, there are practical limits to how perfect a break in you can try to give it, so don't go crazy over it.

As far as dino vs synth oil for break in, either will work. I've yet to see an engine fail to break in properly because it had synth oil in it. Of course, dino oil is cheaper for the first few short changes and you're unlikely to be running it hard enough to get the oil hot enough for synth to be of any real advantage at the beginning of its life.
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He puts it a little blunt but heís not wrong, This debate has been going a long time, Itís the same with dirt bikes, some say easy running and others say run it hard as it seats the rings better and both sides have happy followers, I feel the engines can handle either BUT the important factor is changing the oil to get out any of the debris from breaking in, Dino oil is the best for this as since you are changing it so fast itís cheapest, There will be tons who may not agree with me but everyone has there opinion.

What he said.

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If your engine is the 254cc LCT, the break-in period is 20 hours or 1 month, whichever comes first. Following oil changes are 40 hours or annually, whichever comes first. Engine Service manual is here: http://www.redlionproducts.com/media...evd_101413.pdf

Run the initial oil for the full break-in period called for in the maintenance schedule, unless you don't want your engine to be its best... If you replace the break-in oil too early, the process will not complete.

From a mechanic: "If you fail to follow this procedure [the full break-in period], the piston rings may never seat."

Great article on engine break-in: New Engine Break-in Procedure

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Change the oil after the 2nd or 3rd snow storm. Replace with 5w30 synthetic. Change once a year. Use it at full throttle.
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