How to Change Engine Oil on a Two-Stage Snow Blower

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Any owner of a Toro Two-Stage Snow Blower wants their machine to perform at a high level. That’s why knowing when and how to change the engine oil of your snow blower will help maintain its power, endurance, and dependability. Check out our tips for properly changing the engine oil of your Toro Two-Stage Snow Blower.

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Do you own a Two-Stage or Snow Master snow blower? If so, here’s something you shouldn’t overlook.

No matter what kind of snow blower you use, regular oil changes are super important. Over time, the heat, dirt and agitated air in your engine’s crankcase can make the oil dark and dirty. Older oil loses the ability to coat and protect vital engine parts. That’s why Toro recommends changing the engine oil at least once a year, and after the first two hours on new snow blowers. The procedure varies from model to model. So if you own a Single-Stage Toro snow blower, check your manual or watch our video covering single-stage models. Okay, let’s get to it!

Before you change the oil, run your engine for 5 minutes. This warms the oil so it drains easier and stirs up any debris from the bottom of the engine so it comes out with the old oil.

Move the machine onto a level surface and lay down some cardboard to catch any spills. Place a drain pan directly under the drain extension. Then remove the oil drain plug, but be careful not to loosen the extension tube. Now, tip the machine backwards to drain the used oil into the pan. Once the oil drains completely, reinstall the drain plug and tighten it securely.

Next wipe around the oil fill cap to get rid of any dirt that might fall into the filler hole. Then remove the dipstick and add oil. The viscosity of oil you use depends on the outdoor temperature range. If the lowest temperatures in your area never get more than a few degrees below zero Fahrenheit, that’s -16 Celsius, a 10W-30 will do. For colder climates, use a 5W-30. Check your manual for more details. 

Carefully pour oil into the fill hole. Fill with the recommended amount of oil as stated in your owner’s manual and be careful not to overfill. If your snowblower has a screw-in dipstick, don’t screw the dipstick into the threads when you’re measuring the oil level. If you do, you won’t get an accurate reading.

That’s all there is to it! If you keep your engine oil clean, your snowblower will thank you.