If you live in cold weather area, you should take some precautions at the end of every mowing season so you can properly winterize your mower.
Winterize the mower not only you can save money and frustation but you can help to reduce emission in next spring time.
6 Simple Steps in Winterizing Lawn Mower
Preparing lawn mower for winter season can be done in 6 simple steps. And here they are:
Stabilizing the fuel
Gas that stays in the lawn mower during the winter season can result to clog the carburetor.
When spring season will come, you will need to spend for this part to be professionally cleaned.
If the mower will be stored in the basement, drain the gas by running the engine.
On the other hand, if it will be kept in the garage, fill the tank and add a little amount of fuel stabilizer to prevent condensation.
The stabilizer should be added every time the gas container will be filled because it helps the engine to run cleaner.
Operate the lawn mower for a span of 5 minutes for the stabilizer to reach the carburetor.
Changing the oil
The life of the engine will be extended with the periodic change of oil.
Make sure to refill the oil source to the proper mark on the dipstick.
Too much oil will be bad for the engine as it has the same effect as too little oil.
Charging the battery
Charge the battery periodically throughout the entire winter season if your lawn mower has battery powered system.
Otherwise, the engine will fail sooner because the battery was not fully charged.
While mowing, it will not be allowed to recharge the battery.
Clearing the deck
Scratch up the grass clippings that adhere from the underside of the lawn mower deck to avoid rusting.
If this will be done after the final mowing, spray using a garden hose to clear the clippings.
An old pot scrubbers will be also an effective tool. The cleaned deck will be then sprayed with silicon spray to avoid future build-up.
Replacing the spark plugs
The typical replacing method of spark plugs is after every 100 hours of accumulated operation.
Keep a handy hour meter to keep track of the total running time of your mower.
If the spark plug is in proper condition, remove it and pour out an ounce of motor oil directly into the cylinders, then crank up the engine a few more times and reinstall the spark plug.
Sharpening the blades
The habit of sharpening the blades now will save yourself from the hassle on the next spring.
Always keep a second blade handy during the sharpening of the first blade.
During the mowing season, blades must be changed every month to keep the blades from dulling and make a mess on the grass.