SNOWBLOWER ALERT

January 21, 2016

Tony DeSantis, owner of Middlesex Power Equipment in Middlesex, N.J., recommends using SAE 5W-30 engine oil in your snowblower. This will help in cold-weather starting and proper engine lubrication. He also recommends using fresh gas in the tank to ensure good engine performance. “Stale gas is the number-one cause of hard-starting,” he said. “So don’t use what’s left in the lawn mower can. It’s better to dump that summer blend into your car’s tank, then refill the can with winter blend, which is more volatile and provides better starting. And make sure to scout your driveway for a frozen newspaper. If you do suck up a newspaper, shut down the engine and remove it with a broom or shovel handle—never with your hands.”

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