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 money.

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


Keep winter equipment out of the elements.  

Even an unheated garage or shed is a better option than the outdoors for ATVs, snowmobiles and snow blowers.

Clean off snow or ice build-up.

If winter equipment is stored or used outside, ice and snow can accumulate around transmissions and clutches, making your equipment work harder than it has to and potentially causing damage.

Keep the gas tank full.

A full gas tank reduces the risk of condensation freezing engine components. When emptying your tank between seasons, dispose of excess fuel in larger machinery tanks, like your car.

Use an additive in your gas tank.

This helps fuel stay fresh between seasons and uses, and is especially important for winter equipment that gets stored for long periods of time and is only used intermittently.

Use a synthetic engine oil. 

This allows for easier turn-over in smaller engines, preventing  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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