This month let’s talk about something that every home owner owns, a lawn mower. Be it a tractor or a walk behind mower these machines need to be serviced at regular intervals just like your automobile.
As we come to the end of the summer with winter fast approaching, its time to think about servicing your equipment for winter storage. Remove lawn clippings and other debris from your lawnmower with a garden hose. Allow it to dry in the sun to avoid rusting. Make sure you clean the underside of the cutting deck thoroughly as well. First disconnect the spark plug then use a putty knife to scrape out any grass accumulation. Make sure you check the blade housing for any needed repairs like rust removal or for any loose hardware that might need tightening or replacing.
This is also a good time to change the motor oil and filter. Run the engine for a few minutes before draining the oil to get the oil hot for easier draining. Lubricate any grease fittings with good quality grease. (You should refer to your owner’s manual for their recommendations on what type of lubricant/s to use.) Also check your mower’s air filter. The filter should be changed at the beginning of the mowing season and at least once during the middle of the season.
Top off the gas/fuel in the tank before storing your mower. Fill it as full as possible to keep any moisture from building up in the gas tank. You also should add a gas additive to help keep the gasoline from breaking down and harming the carburetor parts. Shut off the gas valve and then start your mower and run it until it stalls. Afterward, remove the spark plug and spray lubricant, (I use WD-40) into the spark plug opening to keep the parts lubricated inside the engine. Replace the spark plug but do not connect the spark plug wire.
If you store your mower outside, cover it with plastic to protect it from the elements. Remember mice find lawn mowers to be the perfect winter home, so the better you store your mower; the harder it will be for the mice to move in.
I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful fall weather. Until next time, drive safe and happy motoring!