Snow blower: leave oil in until next winter??


Old 03-17-10, 10:12 AM
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Snow blower: leave oil in until next winter??

After the last 2, 1-foot plus snow storms, I went shopping for a new snow blower.
I got a Troy-Bilt, at an "after season sale" -the store had 25 lawn mowers on display, and 1 snow blower.
The salesman demonstrated it- running the engine for about 5 minutes. Since that day-no snow.
My question, regarding storing it until next winter: I expect to run the engine until it is out of gas, but is there any need to replace the oil after only 5 minutes of engine use?
The manual says "each each season, but....??
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Old 03-17-10, 11:44 AM
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If it's only been run for 5 minutes, I wouldn't worry about it, the oil may be a breakin oil that you should run for a while, the owner's manual may/should address that.

Good idea to run it dry,
Old 03-17-10, 12:20 PM
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Do not change the break in oil until after at least 5 hours of use. It takes that long to break in the engine.

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