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Extreme Cold Tips Needed For Snowblowers?

Minus 9 degrees this morning and more extreme cold coming our way along with more snow.

What do you people who live in very cold areas do different from the rest of us to maintain or prep your blowers ? I know you should keep them in a garage or perhaps a heated area but a lot of snowblower owners don't have a garage.

I know to make sure your impeller is not frozen to auger housing before using it. I know about making sure your tracks are not frozen to the ground or floor before moving. Do you have to use starting fluid in below weather starts or does a well tuned carb. start OK?

what about gas additives for below zero weather? is Stabil okay or do you need something else.?

I am trying to give people around here the best information possible to keep their snowblowers working under extreme cold conditions.

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If it's well tuned and in good shape it should start without starting fluid. But if it's really cold, depending on the vapor pressure of the gas in the tank and how good the carb is at vaporizing primer fuel, you might need electric start to get it spinning fast enough / long enough to fire. Pull start can get a little questionable when it's really cold. Appropriately thin oil for easy / fast cranking is important too (0W-30 or 0-40 would be good in extreme cold).
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In cold weather here around 0 degrees or below, I usually will prime a couple more times. If my snow blowers need the usual prime of 2 times, I will go 4 times. It does make a difference for me.

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Trust me -9 is nothing compared to what we have here in the FROZEN TUNDRA. if everything works now it will work when it is cold oot. SO DON'T GO LOSING ANY SLEEP OVER IT.

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Another thing that can help if using electric start is to do the normal choke / prime sequence and then crank it and hit the primer again while it's cranking. Sometimes that gives a bit better fuel vaporization on that last primer shot and gets it to fire. Making sure you've got good, strong spark helps too.
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A machine in good tune, with fresh non ethanol fuel and a good sparkplug , it should start.An electric start will help too.

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The only thing I do different for "real" cold, which for me is around +10F, negative 12C, or colder,
is I give a squirt of starter fluid straight into the carb bowl before startup, and use electric start.
(my '71 Ariens doesn't have a primer button that squirts fuel)

Probably not strictly necessary, but I find it helps with starting under those conditions.


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When the polar vortex hit a few weeks ago, I tested cold starting my machines. Only my powerlite has a primer.

All of my non primer machines took TWO pulls @ -4 degrees F. Every machine I own has been rejetted.

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All the above and let the engine warm up at half throttle for a while. I usually engage the auger for a half a minute also.
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