As the season comes to a close and it is time to place your lawn mower into storage, here are a few things you can do to ensure it will be up and running when the grass starts growing in the spring.
*Clear any accumulated grass clippings and dirt from the blades, the underside of the mower deck and the discharge chute.
*Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces.
*Tighten all fasteners as needed.
*Replace damaged or worn parts.
*Apply a light coating of oil to all exposed metal parts.
*Check the manufacturer’s operating manual and oil all bearings and mechanical parts as recommended.
*Service the air filter as described in your owner’s manual.
*Add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank and run the motor for about five minutes.
Stop the motor, let it cool, and then drain the fuel tank. Start up the motor again, and let it run until it stops.
*Drain the crankcase of oil and add new oil. Follow the manufacturer’s directions as to grade of oil you should use.
Drain the oil while the engine is still warm to remove any sediment.
*Clean or replace the oil filter.
*Remove spark plug and pour in one ounce of number 20 grade oil on the cylinder. This prevents the cylinder from freezing due to rusting.
*Remove the battery (if applicable) from your mower and fully charge it before placing it in storage.
Cover the engine and mower with a waterproof material (cloth or plastic) to minimize any moisture or dust from getting on the machine.