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Annual Maintenance Routine?

Hi, I didn't see a thread like the one that i want to start. I am new so if this is redundant, let me know. I will be buying a used machine soon. I just wanted to know what everyone's maintenance routine is. Do you service yourself? in fall or spring? Etc.. I had a 13 year old yard machine. I am probably going to pick up a 9 year old Ariens that is in very very good condition that was maintained well. I just want to keep it that way.

Again, if this is a redundant thread, let me know and i will search this topic.

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I change the oil and do all of the other maintenance routines in the spring, at the end of the season. I only use synthetic oil (Mobil 1) and I remove the spark plug and squirt some fogging oil in the cylinder, then replace the spark plug with a new one and turn the engine over slowly a few revolutions to coat the cylinder walls with the fogging oil, then stop when I feel resistance at the top of the stroke. This ensures the valves are in the closed position so that no moisture should be able to get into the cylinder. I will also take care of any other needed repairs or adjustments, lube everything up etc. so that the machine is ready for the next season, whenever that comes. I hate working on machinery in the cold so spring is the best time for this, for me. I follow a similar routine for all of my OPE. My Honda generator gets an oil change in the spring and in the fall, even if it was never used. Summer oil in the spring, winter oil in the fall, always synthetic. I consider my generator a piece of emergency equipment that could be called upon to run for days on end, so I want it ready for whatever might come up.


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I change the oil and do all of the other maintenance routines in the spring, at the end of the season. I only use synthetic oil (Mobil 1) and I remove the spark plug and squirt some fogging oil in the cylinder, then replace the spark plug with a new one and turn the engine over slowly a few revolutions to coat the cylinder walls with the fogging oil, then stop when I feel resistance at the top of the stroke. This ensures the valves are in the closed position so that no moisture should be able to get into the cylinder. I will also take care of any other needed repairs or adjustments, lube everything up etc. so that the machine is ready for the next season, whenever that comes. I hate working on machinery in the cold so spring is the best time for this, for me. I follow a similar routine for all of my OPE. My Honda generator gets an oil change in the spring and in the fall, even if it was never used. Summer oil in the spring, winter oil in the fall, always synthetic. I consider my generator a piece of emergency equipment that could be called upon to run for days on end, so I want it ready for whatever might come up.
Thanks, Larry. I never did the fogging oil. something that I will start doing.

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I'm like you. When I get something nice, I want to keep it that way. ;-)


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I don't use fogging oil. My blower is stored in the garage, but my lawn tractor gets stored covered outside, and would probably benefit more from oil.

Things to consider:
- Remove the shear bolts, and spin the augers on the auger shaft. This helps keep them from rusting solidly to the auger shaft, which is trouble. If they have grease fittings, pump in new grease first.
- Grease any other grease fittings on the machine.
- Maybe put some oil on the auger shaft bushings in the bucket.
- Run it to warm it up, then drain the oil and change it. I use Mobil1. Check the engine's recommendation for the weight of oil to use.
- Fill the tank with fresh stabilized gas, start it, close the fuel shutoff, and run the engine until it dies. This empties the carb bowl for storage. If it has a drain button on the bottom of the bowl, push that afterwards to drain anything that might be left in the bowl.
- Replace any stuff that's worn out (skid shoes, etc).

It's not end-of-season stuff, but keeping a spare set of belts around, along with a bunch of shear pins, is also a good idea.

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The OP's intention to have a recommended routine should be made a sticky so we don't have to recall to new members every time but just show the link would be awesome.

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maybe take the wheels off and grease them. waited 5 years before i did and they were siezed. real pain in a$$ on what should have been simple job.
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Sorry guys. Is there a link for me to go to? Also, what does sticky mean?
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Sorry guys. Is there a link for me to go to? Also, what does sticky mean?
No need to apologize. How would you know? .
A sticky is a thread that the moderator can put up at the top of a page and it
" sticks" there. It's always at the top, so you don't have to look for it.


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Along with all maint that has been mentioned above, I pull the wheels and rims and all painted surfaces get a through cleaning, any chips are touched up or sprayed and paint gets waxed
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