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Synthetic Oil in a Snowblower: Should You Use It?

On a snowy day, a person uses a snowblower to clear the driveway.

Synthetic motor oil is routinely recommended for car engines. But what about in small engines such as snowblowers, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers? After all, the same protection should apply, including temperature control, reduced friction and wear and longer equipment life. So, is using synthetic oil in a snowblower the right move? Read on to find out.

The Case for Synthetic Motor OilFour men and a snowblower.

Synthetic oil is a common and popular option when changing your vehicle’s motor oil. It has a proven record of supplying optimum overall protection against engine wear. It also lasts longer than conventional oil, which means you can drive more miles before changing it.

When it comes to extreme temperatures, synthetic oil performs best. It provides protection in extreme high temperatures, and the oil flows more smoothly in cold temperatures. Moreover, synthetic oil is much more resistant to viscosity breakdown. And the more you utilize your snowblower under punishing conditions, the better this oil performs.

Owner’s Manual Guidance

Although synthetic oil works best in subzero temperatures, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and use what’s recommended. It will be some type of four-cycle engine oil, which is the same motor oil used in cars and trucks, but it is not the same oil used in a chainsaw or for other yard equipment.

Importantly, two-cycle oil should never be used in a snowblower because it will not adequately lubricate the engine and can possibly damage it. As a result, you risk voiding the warranty when you use anything other than the manufacturer’s recommended oil.

Longer Lasting Equipment

Because synthetic oil works better in all temperature variations, your equipment should last longer. This goes hand-in-hand with regular upkeep on your snowblower, including swapping out the spark plug every 100 hours of usage and changing the air filter as needed.

Other tasks include ensuring the blower’s control levers engage and disengage on demand. You should also lubricate the machine per the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow a routine to clean off the snowblower after each use, then prep it before putting it to work again.

It’s important to follow all safety measures when using any small engine equipment. So make sure you consult your owner’s manual before you get out to clear that walkway.

Check out all the snowblower products available on NAPA Online, or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information about using synthetic oil in a snowblower, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Matthew C. Keegan View All

Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.

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