Whether it’s an ATV, a snow blower or a snowmobile, one simple truth remains: Cold weather is hard on all kinds of equipment. From snow build-up to cold engine oil, low temperatures put engine components at risk. Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, not getting a piece of equipment to turn-over can completely derail your plans for the day, costing you both time and money. 

Luckily, keeping equipment moving during the cold months doesn’t have to be difficult – it just takes a little maintenance. Below are some tips to keep all your smaller tools and their motors functioning this winter.

  1. If it’s possible, keep equipment out of the elements until it’s needed. Even an unheated garage or shed is a better option than the outdoors.
  2. If equipment is stored outside or if it’s something you use during the winter (think snowmobiles or snow blowers), be sure to clean off snow or ice build-up after using it or after a fresh snowfall. Ice and snow can accumulate around transmissions and clutches, making your equipment work harder than it has to and potentially causing damage.
  3. Keep the gas tank full or at the upper end of full to reduce the risk of condensation freezing your engine components. When emptying your tank in between seasons, dispose of excess fuel in larger machinery tanks like your car. 
  4. For seasonal pieces of equipment – like a snow blower – that get stored for long periods of time and are used intermittently, use an additive in your gas tank to keep the fuel fresh between seasons and uses.
  5. Let the engine warm up first. Don’t open the throttle completely right after starting up to ensure the lubricant and other components have a chance to warm up and work properly.
  6. Use a specialized engine oil, which allows for easier turn-over in smaller engines. This helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your engine. Cenex offers a full line of engine oils for home and recreational equipment, including snow blowers, ATVs and snowmobiles. Be sure to check your OEM for specific equipment guidelines.

With a little maintenance and planning, you can keep all the equipment on your property turning over and moving this winter. Through all seasons, your local Cenex dealer is here to answer any questions you may have regarding the best fuel and lubricant products for your machinery and maintenance concerns.

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