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post #1 of 27 Old 03-16-2020, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Oil change for very light usage?

Just curious what other users do if they rarely used their snowblower this winter.

I'm planning to put my snowblower away for the season. I live in Southwestern CT, so only ran it once this season for about 30 minutes to remove around 4 inches of wet snow. I always drain the gas tank and then run the engine dry, but am wondering if I should still drain the oil even though I only ran the engine once this season.

The oil was last changed the previous spring when I put it away for the season. I only use synthetic oil and the machine is a 15 year old Ariens 926 Pro in excellent condition.
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I live in Ct, as well, so my situation is similar to yours. I see no reason to change the oil but most other maintenance is a good idea including dealing with gas and applying lubricant as typical. Also, put a nice wax on.
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I also live in CT, and would not change any 5W30 Full Synthetic oil.

I never drain any tank or empty any carburetor on any of my many small engines. I always have Stabil and half the rate of SeaFoam in all my gas. Been fine doing that my whole life, never had any issues with gas what's so ever.
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I also live in CT, and would not change any 5W30 Full Synthetic oil.

I never drain any tank or empty any carburetor on any of my many small engines. I always have Stabil and half the rate of SeaFoam in all my gas. Been fine doing that my whole life, never had any issues with gas what's so ever.
Do you periodically run your snow blower engine during the summer?

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@barney … Yes I do … never good to let any engine just sit there for months without running.
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I'm in NJ and under use, 3-5 times a year, I change it every 5 years. I haven't used it for 2 years so I'll skip it for those 2 years.

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thanks everyone for the quick responses! And hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the nice spring weather we'll be getting!
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thanks everyone for the quick responses! And hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the nice spring weather we'll be getting!
is it garaged or outside.? I'm thinking condensation if left outside in sun. I usually change my oil in late fall but you should be okay after one use. be sure to check it before starting after a long lay off next winter.

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