Lawn mowers help save homeowners money instead of hiring someone else to do your landscaping. But, a lawn mower in the hands of young people willing to earn money while trimming your yard, is another part of the American dream.
Just like any motorized instrument that has wheels, your lawn mower is an investment worth taking a little extra care of each year. It will potentially save you expensive repair or replacement costs down the line. And maintaining equipment yourself will save you money you'd end up paying a professional shop.
1) Read the mower owner manual.
2) Clean the deck and undercarriage with a hose, putty knife and car wash detergent. Be VERY careful when working around the blade!
3) Spray a degreaser on oil stains.
4) Check the blade for damage and dullness. Replace if needed.
5) Use a paintbrush to remove buildup on fuel cap then close fuel cap.
6) Replace the spark plug whether it needs it or not.
7) Spray lubricant on any bare metal undercarriage parts to prevent rusting.
8) Clean or replace the air filter.
9) Replace the fuel filter.
10) Replace the oil.
11) Add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel.
“After a long mowing season, you may be tempted to just wheel your lawn mower into your garage or shed and drop a blanket over it and forget about it until the mowing season arrives,” said Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.com's landscaping and outdoor power equipment specialist.
“That's a very common, but potentially destructive and expensive mistake. A few simple maintenance steps completed now will dramatically reduce the likelihood of engine failure and expensive repairs when you need your lawn mower again.”