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Do I really need to replace the spark plug in my snow blower each season, and when to tune it up?

I have a quality Toro snowblower. My Dad bought it about 6 years ago and used it a few seasons in Minnesota, then let it sit for a couple of years. Last winter I brought it to Chicago, and had it tuned up professionally. The hardware store said I should have it turned up every other year, and replace the spark plug every year.

So, it is now one year after the tune-up, and I was able to start up the unit without much trouble, using last year's spark plug. 1) Do I really need to change the spark plug now?

2) Also, after this season ends, do I really need a full tune up? (It was expensive.) How often do you think I should have it tuned up?


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A tune up on a snow thrower consists of changing the spark plug, changing the oil, and lubricating the bearings and places where joints work together. Removing the wheels and lubricating the axles keeps them from seizing up and becoming not removable.

These are things you can do if you learn what and where to lubricate.

Get the model number of the snow thrower and go to []. You might find an owners manual there. You can also go to

and download most manuals.

The snow thrower should be tuned up every other year and the spark plug should be replaced each year. You don't want the spark plug to fail with a lot of snow on the ground.
by Manage My Life
December 19th, 2008
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