It's time to awaken your STIHL equipment from its winter slumber. Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you've prepared them for your spring workload. This checklist of proper maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run. NOTE: For a comprehensive list of maintenance and repair instructions, refer to your product's instruction manual.
Once nighttime temperatures have dropped below the freezing point and the annuals have wilted, snow isn’t far behind. What better time to give your snow blower a good checkup—before you really need it? Like it or not, you’re best off starting with the owner’s manual. If your snow blower runs on gasoline, the manual probably says to replace the spark plug annually. Change the oil also, at least once a year, if your model has a four-stroke engine.
From the sludge build-ups and varnish in the fuel system to dried out plastic and rubber components to lack of lubrication and overheating, stale gas and e-blends are to blame for all sorts of starting and performance issues with small engines.