Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Mar 29, 2021


With the onset of spring comes the sprouting of lush, green grass across your yard and pastures. Every landowner knows what that means - lawn mowing season has arrived! Your mower works hard to keep your lawn looking pristine all summer, so routine maintenance is important to ensure your equipment runs efficiently and smoothly.
 
Several steps should be taken at the start of the season to increase the life and performance of your mower. Don’t wait for a routine chore to turn into a massive headache. Kick off the mowing season by following these four lawn mower maintenance tips:
 
1. Change the Oil
Using old oil can damage your mower’s engine, so take the time to change it before your mower undergoes heavy use. Your owner’s manual will tell you the correct type of oil for your mower. Make a note to change the oil at least once a year or after every 50 hours of use, whichever comes first.
 
2. Check the Spark Plug
         Damaged or dirty spark plugs will cause your mower to not run properly and could even prevent it from starting. Spark plugs should be changed after every 100 hours of use, and the start of the season is a great time to check and/or replace them. Even if your spark plugs are in decent condition, you may opt to go ahead and replace them to save time in the future, since they are relatively inexpensive.
 
3. Replace the Air Filter
         Air filters that are dirty and clogged will greatly hinder the performance of your mower’s engine. They should be replaced at the start of every season, and even more frequently if you are in dusty conditions. For best results, use the same make and model of air filter that is recommended by your mower’s manufacturer.
 
4. Clean the Deck
         The underside of your mower can become packed with grass clippings and debris that may interfere with your blade’s performance. Thoroughly spray the deck with a hose, then scrub the rest of the dirt away with a brush and soapy water.
 
         Following these four simple steps will ensure that you start the mowing season off strong! Stop by your local Co-op for lawn mower maintenance supplies and services. Find the nearest location here.
 
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