To prevent any costly repairs and extra work on your lawn mower when it comes to next spring, make sure your lawn mower is in great shape NOW!
Your lawn mower has worked hard this year so don’t be tempted to just store it away and forget about it until next spring as it could prove to be expensive for you next season. Just a few simple maintenance steps carried out now will dramatically reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and engine failure for next time you need to use your lawn mower again.
So here are 10 great tips on how to prepare your lawn mower for storage over winter.
But first a word: Always refer to the operator’s manual before starting any maintenance project on your equipment.
1. Clean and degrease – All you need is a hose, detergent (washing up liquid or car wash is ideal) and a putty knife for clearing grass and debris from your lawnmower. Make sure you clean it all the way down to the metal. Once it is good and clean it is time to degrease. Just spray a degreaser on any oil stains and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before you wipe it off with a clean cloth. Then just rinse with a hose and wipe it down dry.
2. Does your blade need replacing? – Have a look for any damage like dents or bends to your blade. You should replace it if any damage is found. You should only replace your blade with the recommended one by the manufacturer. A blade should be sharpened every season and replaced every one to three years, depending on usage. It is best to only replace the blade recommended by the manufacturer.
3. Cleaning the fuel cap – Get a paintbrush or something similar to brush away any build up and particles on your fuel cap. Also you should look for any blockage in the vent and replace it if necessary.
4. Does the spark plug need replacing? – We recommend replacing your spark plugs at least once every season, as over time as there will be a carbon build-up which will weaken the electrode. If this happens the engine’s performance will degrade and will require the engine to use up more fuel.
5. Prevent rusting – Just spray a lubricant on any bare metal on your lawn mower to prevent rusting
6. Replace and clean the air filter – The air filters prevent any dust and debris from getting into the lawn mower’s engine. You can clean a foam filter with water and a little detergent, but be careful not to tear the filter. If you have pleated paper air filters deteriorate quickly so a replacement is recommended.
7. Replacing a fuel filter – Check that the fuel filter is doing it’s job and not clogged, if the petrol doesn’t flow and doesn’t reach the engine it is time to replace the fuel filter.
8. Does the oil need replacing? We would recommended to replace engine oil at least once every season
9. Fuel stabilizer – If you add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel it will prevent the carburettor from clogging. Just follow the owner’s manual for instructions on leaving fuel in the engine during storage, because this may vary by manufacturer.
10. Storage – Always store your lawnmower on a level surface in a dry area.