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Lawn Mower Winterization

The holiday season is here, and for most this means the end of the lawn care season. Lawn, hedges and the like have gotten their final trim of the year. Your lawn mower and other small engine powered equipment are not going to be used for a few months until spring time rolls around. The number one question we are asked each year around this time is how to prepare lawn equipment for storage during the winter months.

So, what are the proper steps to take to prepare your lawn equipment for storage during the winter months? Two stroke and four stroke engines require a slightly different approach to winterizing, but overall the process is similar.

    Four Stroke Engine Winterizing Checklist

  1. 1
    Check condition of air filter and replace if necessary

    The air filter is a component that is vital to the health and longevity of your equipment’s engine. While the condition of the air filter may not seem important when it comes to winterizing, because the engine will not be run, it is a good idea to pay attention to the condition of the air filter prior to storage, making sure it is clean. If the filter shows signs of dirt and debris, you will want to go ahead and install a new air filter. You will start the spring mowing season off with clean fresh air filter, and it is one less item you will have to worry about come spring time.

  2. 2
    Install a new spark plug

    Without proper uninhibited spark, your small engine powered equipment cannot run at its peak efficiency and power. Carbon and oil deposits on the spark plug lead can cause weak spark, and in turn weak spark will cause your small engine to burn fuel unevenly. If not addressed, this can lead to excessive carbon buildup with in the engine’s components and can cause engine component failure. Installing a new spark plug prior to storage will ensure that your engine burns fuel evenly and operates at peak efficiency and power. Also, installing a new spark plug prior to storage is one more item you will not have to worry about come spring time.

  3. 3
    Change the oil

    During normal operation, the oil in your 4 stroke lawn mower engine provides lubrication, and helps to trap carbon deposits, foreign particulates and blow-by gases. Through normal usage, oil breaks down and over time and loses its ability to properly lubricate engine components. Neglecting to change the oil at recommended intervals can lead to engine component failure, and ultimately damage the engine requiring costly repair and even engine replacement. Additionally the trapped carbon deposits, foreign particulate and gases can cause additional oil breakdown and sludge in the engine crankcase which ultimately can cause damage to the engine and its components. Changing the oil as part of winterizing your equipment will keep the engine crankcase clean and help you avoid potential engine issues when the spring season comes.

  4. 4
    Lubricate wheel axles and the self propel drive gears

    This is a relatively simple step to take, but one that does require care and some knowledge. Each of your mowers wheels rides on a short axle shaft. These shafts should be lubricated with high temp grease to ward off any possible rust from trapped moisture and help you avoid seized wheels. Additionally, if your lawn mower is equipped with a self propel system, the shafts the drive gears are mounted to should also receive a light application of high temp grease. This will ensure your self propel system operates as designed and help avoid premature wear of drive components and potential costly repairs come spring time. There is a correct way of performing this maintenance step as improper lubrication can actually do more harm than good as excessive grease, and/or improper lubrication technique and attract and hold dust, dirt and debris that can cause premature wear. We recommend you refer to your owner’s manual or let an authorized and reputable repair shop perform this maintenance.

  5. 5
    Fuel system Winterizing

    When it comes to the fuel, you will want to follow your manufacturer’s instructions. The general rule is as follows:

    0-90 days of storage – You will want to fill the fuel tank full and use a good quality brand fuel stabilizer.

    90+ days of storage – For storing small engine powered equipment longer than 90 days, you will want to drain all fuel from the fuel tank so that is it completely empty and “dry”.

    In either case, it is also a good idea to run your carburetor dry prior to storage. This is done so that the small amount of fuel in the carburetor will not become stale. Smaller amounts of fuel will become stale faster, and the fuel in the carburetor is the first fuel the engine is fed upon start up. Stale fuel causes a myriad of engine and fuel system issues, including damage to the carburetor. If so equipped, you can utilize the fuel shut off valve so any fuel in the tank does not drain down the fuel line and into the carburetor.

    Two Stroke Engine Winterizing Checklist

  1. 1
    Check condition of air filter and replace if necessary

    The air filter is a component that is vital to the health and longevity of your equipment’s engine. While the condition of the air filter may not seem important when it comes to winterizing, because the engine will not be run, it is a good idea to pay attention to the condition of the air filter prior to storage, making sure it is clean. If the filter shows signs of dirt and debris, you will want to go ahead and install a new air filter. You will start the spring mowing season off with clean fresh air filter, and it is one less item you will have to worry about come spring time.

  2. 2
    Install a new spark plug

    Without proper uninhibited spark, your small engine powered equipment cannot run at its peak efficiency and power. Carbon and oil deposits on the spark plug lead can cause weak spark, and in turn weak spark will cause your small engine to burn fuel unevenly. If not addressed, this can lead to excessive carbon buildup with in the engine’s components and can cause engine component failure. Installing a new spark plug prior to storage will ensure that your engine burns fuel evenly and operates at peak efficiency and power. Also, installing a new spark plug prior to storage is one more item you will not have to worry about come spring time.

  3. 3
    Drain fuel and Run the Engine

    For two stroke engines, such as those found on string trimmers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers, stale fuel can have the same negative effects as with four stroke engines. You will want to drain the tank of fuel completely, and then run your engine until it stalls, signaling that all traces of fuel in the fuel system and carburetor have been used used up, and there is no fuel left in the carburetor. This will ensure that your two stroke engine powered equipment will run come spring time, and help avoid fuel system related issues. As always, it is recommended you refer to your owners manual and follow manufacturer instructions.

Finally, it is highly recommended that if you are unsure about any of the steps listed above, it is best to take your equipment to a reputable small engine repair shop and let a factory trained technician perform the winterizing service. This will help ensure your equipment’s warranty remains intact and allows the technician to check over your equipment for overall condition helping you keep your equipment in top running condition. Most small engine repair shops offer winter service specials to help you maintain your equipment properly and save some money in the process.

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