With the cold weather and the leaves starting to fall, it is almost time to put away the mower. However, the lawnmower in the shed during the winter without taking precautions can make it difficult to start. You can avoid simple starting problems by winterizing your mower with these simple steps.
Step 1 – Clean the mower
Cleaning your mower helps prevent rust from building up and eroding parts in the long run. Start hose down the mower until all dirt, grime, and grass clippings are gone. Don’t forget to clean under the mower and blades where debris often collects. If dirt and grime are difficult to remove with water, use a flat screwdriver or metal scraper to remove the rest of the dirt. Once the mower is clean, dry it well with rags.
Step 2 – Stabilize the gas
There are two methods of dealing with the gas tank during the winter. One way is to let the mower run until the tank is completely dry. The other method is to add a little fuel stabilizer to the tank, which will preserve gas during the long winter months. If you don’t stabilize the gas, it can spoil and prevent the engine from running.
Step 3 – Check Engine
You want to thoroughly inspect the engine before storing the mower for a few months. Check for visible signs of wear and replace as needed. One area to pay attention to is the spark plugs. Remove the plugs and make sure they are still in good condition. If you have access to the fuel lines, remove them to drain excess gas.
Step 4 – Change the oil
You should always change the oil before storing the mower for the winter. Begin by loosening the valve and draining the oil into a container. Then remove the old oil filter and replace it with a new one. Make sure everything is tight back into place and pour the new oil into the reservoir. Take the old oil to your local auto store for automatic disposal.
Step 5 – Check the battery
Proper storage of the compatible battery to the mower a good fix in the spring. Start by removing the battery cables and storing them in a dry place. Avoid placing the battery directly on concrete. If you have an electric lawn mower, fully charge the battery before storing it for winter. Just remember to remove the battery from the charger once it is fully charged.
Step 6 – Inspect the blades
The last step is to inspect the blades. If the blades are in good condition, just sharpen them so everything is ready for spring. If you notice any major warping on the blades, then it might be time to buy a new set. With the blades in order, you can lay a tarp over the mower and forget about it until the grass needs a good cut.