With the spring mowing season just around the corner, now is the time to be thinking about getting your lawn mower ready for the coming season. After a few months of hibernation during the winter months, Your lawn mower may just need a little attention to ensure it is ready to keep your lawn trimmed and looking good all season long. A spring tune up is important to maintain your mower’s performance, keep it running smoothly, and ensure the mower will be reliable, and start when you need it.
1Change The Oil
Just like your car, regular oil changes are a must in order to keep the engine healthy and free of foreign contaminants such as dirt and dust. Your Lawn mower’s oil should be changed every season, or about every 40-50 hours of use. The oil not only serves as lubrication for the moving metal parts inside, but it also serves as a secondary filter, trapping particulates such as the dust, dirt and debris that naturally comes with caring for your lawn. Regularly changing the oil is essential to maintaining the health and longevity of your lawn mower.
2Change The Spark Plug
In addition to changing your mower’s oil, it is also recommended that you change the spark plug to make sure your mower runs as efficiently as possible. The spark plug is an integral component of your lawn mower’s engine. It delivers the spark that makes combustion of the fuel possible. If your mower’s engine does not receive the proper amount of spark, the engine will not run efficiently, causing un-burned gasses, and the build up of carbon and deposits in the engine. Prolonged build up of carbon and related deposits will damage the engine, resulting in expensive repair bills and potentially having to replace the lawn mower.
It is equally important that you purchase and install the correct spark plug as there are variations of a given spark plug available for purchase. Simply put, the new spark plug your bought may fit just fine, but the power output of the plug may match the manufacturer’s recommendations. Consult your local small engine parts professional to ensure you get the right spark plug for your lawn mower.
3Don’t forget the Air Filter
Your Lawn Mower’s air filter is also an important engine component vital to keeping dust, dirt and debris out of your mower’s engine. Excessive dirt, debris and dust can enter the engine through a dirty air filter, causing damage to internal engine parts, resulting in eventual of the engine and/or its parts. This can mean expensive repair bills and potentially having to purchase a replacement mower. The air filter is an easily replaceable, fairly inexpensive part that many owners overlook until it is too late. It is always a good rule of thumb to inspect your air filter often and replace it regularly. If the condition of the air filter is questionable, it is a good idea to go ahead and replace it.
4Utilize a Good Fuel Stabilizer
It is recommended that you use a good quality, name brand fuel stabilizer in your lawn mower’s fuel. Fuel stabilizer helps your fuel remain stable longer, helps to prevent fuel oxidation/separation and also inhibits additional moisture in the fuel. Keep in mind that fuel stabilizer does not remove ethanol from fuel, nor does it serve as a “blanket fix”. A good stabilizer simply helps your fuel remain stable longer and helps protect your mower’s engine and its fuel system from corrosion and damage.
We recommend you refer to the owner’s manual for your specific lawn mower and follow all manufacturer’s instructions to retain it’s original factory warranty. As always, if you are unsure about performing maintenance and repairs on your own, we recommend you find a reputable lawn mower repair shop staffed with knowledgeable, professional technicians. Look for a shop that staffs factory trained technicians as this will ensure your mower’s original warranty will not be voided and will remain intact.