Guide To Basic Lawn Mower Maintenance
Starting your lawnmower after a long winter should not have to be a frustrating process. Performing a few routine maintenances before storing your lawnmower can save you time in the spring, extend the life of your mower, and save you money over the longer run.
Even if you have already stored your lawnmower in the winter, performing these simple maintenance tasks before starting your mower in spring can be extremely beneficial.
Clean after each mowing season is done
- A leaf blower can be very effective in removing debris from the underside of your lawnmower and other hard-to-access spots.
- For air-cooled riding lawnmower engine, use a wooden dowel or stick to dislodge any residue from the cooling fins.
- Use a strong jet of water to clean the radiator cooling fins.
- Clean the battery terminals and replace old battery if necessary. You can help prevent the terminals from becoming corroded by applying grease to the posts at the end of each mowing season.
- Clean and lubricate the choke and throttle linkages; and apply grease to the mower deck and all the fittings. These parts can be accessed a lot easier if you remove the mower deck.
With the deck off you can use the opportunity to sharpen the blades or replace any damaged ones. Sharpening blades after each mowing season will ensure a better cut next year as well as, save you the trouble of having to do it in the spring.
Replace worn parts and top off fluids
- If you own a riding lawnmower that has a water-cooled engine, check the coolant level and top off reservoir if needed.
- You should also replace the fuel filter and drain fuel tank. The air filter should be replace and the housing should be cleaned before installing new ones.
- Change the oil in the engine crankcase and replace the oil filter.
- Check the spark plug(s) for any wear or corrosion, however it is not advisable to clean them if it is showing some wear. Spark plugs are cheap and you will need to replace them eventually.
Be sure to remove any debris located around the spark plug. Use a bit of anti-seize compound when you replace the old spark plug, this will ensure easier removal next year.
During long summer mowing season
wash and remove any debris after the mower has cooled. Keeping your lawn mower clean will add years to its life and make routine maintenance tasks a lot easier. Periodically check the oil levels and the condition of the air filter and fuel filters. These basic check-ups will save you money.
Lawn mowing is a yearly job for most homeowners. Therefore, a well-maintained mower will ensure it runs great while making this job easier during summer.