Your lawn mower has worked hard all summer long and now is the time for it to take a long winter nap. Unless you use your lawn mower for double duty such as pushing snow, it will usually sit for the next six months.
Sitting for long periods of time is not good for any machine. You would think just the opposite, but in reality lawn mowers just like any machine are built to run. Gasoline sitting in the carburetor will gum up and clog internal passageways. Batteries will run down and seals will leak.
Here are a few tips to make your next mowing season get off to a great start.
The first thing is to change the oil. Get rid of that oil that has been in it all winter long and put the right quantity and type of oil in it.
Look for worn out belts that need replacement. Old or deteriorating belts require periodic replacement and its best to do this now before your breakdown with half the lawn mown!
Grease any fittings that are for the steering and linkages.
Treat the fuel tank with the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer. An untreated fuel system is a sure no-start next spring.
Now start the lawn mower and let it run for at least 5 minutes to allow the oil to circulate and the stabilizer to reach the carburetor.
Next, if the mower is stored in an unheated area, remove the battery or put it on a battery tender. Leave it on the tender until warm weather returns.
Don’t forget to check tire pressures before you start to mow again in the spring!
With these basic winterization tips, your lawn mower in Putnam, Kanawha and Cabell county WV will be much easier to start and run all summer long.
Mark The Mechanic can winterize your lawn mower so that it is ready to go when you are. Call us at 304-395-3330 today!