Steps To Follow For Your Lawn Mower Spring Tune-up
Spring is beautiful, but the surge in the growth of your grass also starts in spring. Therefore, it’s necessary to be ready since your yard will need mowing. The main thing you need to have prepared is your lawnmower. You don’t want to go pull out your mower, yank the cord, and nothing happens. It might be because you let it sit there all winter, and repairing it would probably take a while, and your grass will continue to grow uncontrollably. The good news is, this is a nightmare you can avoid. Before putting your lawn mower away for the winter, it’s good to take a few steps that make it easier to start it when spring comes.
Lawn Mower Tune-Up.
Depending on what lawnmower you have, it’s good to check the manual to see the maintenance instructions. The following steps are involved in tuning-up your lawnmower.
Your power source should be stable.
It would be best if you didn’t let your mower sit with freshly cut grass or the battery as well. Use all the gas left in the tank if you have more mowing days so the tank can sit empty. If you don’t use up all the gas, add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Let the motor run for about five minutes. This enables it to circulate through the whole system fully. The liquid solution reduces corrosion chances since it prevents the gas from becoming stale for a long time.
With riding lawn mowers, you should take out the battery and fully charge it. This helps prevent sulfation, then store it in a cool and dry place.
Ensure you disconnect the spark plug.
The next important step after dealing with the fuel is disconnecting the spark plug ignition wire. This is the wire that runs to the front of the engine of your lawnmower. Doing this ensures that the mower won’t start accidentally by itself.
Change the oil.
You can drain the oil from your mower in two ways, but whatever method you use, the most important thing is you should dispose of the oil safely.
The first method is placing a pan under your mower’s deck and using a socket wrench to remove the plug if it has a drain plug. After it’s dry, then screw the drain plugin and put fresh oil.
If it doesn’t have a drain plug, you tilt it to the side and drain the oil through the dipstick tube. Pour the oil directly into a pan after removing the dipstick and put a plastic bag cover on the gas tank to prevent fuel from spilling out. Put fresh oil, then put the dipstick back in.
Sharpen the blade.
Sharpening your blade helps prevent ripping up your yard. You can remove the blade from its deck using locking pliers and a socket wrench. If it has some little wear and tear, then sharpen with a metal file by securing it with a vice clamp.
Clean up the mower deck.
Use a garden hose to clean the deck after you’ve taken out the blade. You can also use a putty knife to remove stubborn clumps and dirt. Afterward, use hot soapy water and a scrub brush to clean the underside, rinse thoroughly, and also dry it.
Replace the air filter.
Replacing your mower’s air filter helps a lot with extending its life. It prevents overheating of the engine after it sucks up dirt and debris. Refer to the manual of your lawnmower to know where it’s located and what type it uses.
Replace the spark plug.
Most of the spark plugs in the market usually need to be replaced after mowing for fifty hours. Loosen the spark plug using a socket wrench and take it out with your hands. Use your hand to screw the new spark plug, ensuring the end doesn’t touch the plug.