The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the lawn is calling your name, but have you checked your lawn mower recently? Here are some tips to maintaining your mower and getting it ready for the summer.
- Take a look
It doesn’t matter if it’s a riding mower or a push mower, you need to check the mower’s deck, belts, blades and all the bolts and fasteners for damage. You don’t want it coming apart while it’s still running. Also check the tires or wheels to makes sure that they are safely fastened and secure. Places like NAPA will have everything you need to get your mower back into the shape you need and to avoid any future mower-related issues.
- Oil is important
You may have changed the oil in your mower last year, but it’s good to start out the summer season with a fresh oil change. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual to determine how to drain the old oil and replace it with an oil of similar viscosity. If you have lost your manual, you may want to check the manufacturer’s website; they may have a PDF copy to download or the information you need.
- Gas isn’t cheap
Be sure to discard and replace any old fuel that has been left in the gas tank using a siphon pump or by disconnecting the fuel line at the filter if your mower has one. Old, stagnant fuel can separate, collect moisture and become contaminated over the long winter months, and using it is bad for the engine.
- Mowing is dull sometimes
Be sure to check your mower’s blades to make sure that they’re sharpened. Not only will this make mowing easier, it extends the life of your mower by making it not work as hard. More resistance means more strain on the motor, so you want those blades to cut grass with ease. Check them for any damage from those rocks you ran over last year and replace them if need be. While you’re replacing the blades, you might as well remove any old grass that has stuck to the bottom of the deck. Better to do it now than later.
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