Winterizing Your Lawn Mower

Your lawn mower is an extremely important tool for your household because it allows you to keep your yard in better shape throughout the year. But when the weather starts to get cold and you get snow on the ground there’s no longer a need for your lawn mower. Of course, you don’t want to leave it out in the yard, but you also don’t want to put it away without taking care of a few things that will make sure your lawn mower is ready to go next year without any problems.

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1. Oil it Up

You’re going to want to add some fuel stabilizer into the gasoline that’s currently in your lawn mower. This may seem like a complicated process but it’s actually quite simple. You want to put the stabilizer into the gasoline and then let it run for a little while, about five minutes. Once it’s done this you can take off the spark plug and pour in a little engine oil into this hole. Pull the cord like you were going to start it up and let it start and run the oil through. Your engine will be better prepared with just this one extra step.

2. Empty the Gas

This may seem a little strange since you were just using that gas and adding new stabilizer to it but you definitely want to get the gas out of the engine to make sure that it’s not going to go bad over time. You may not realize it, but gas absolutely can go old and it can cause rust if it’s left to sit there for too long. Empty out the tank as much as you can and then start it up again and again, as many times as it takes to completely run out of fuel.

3. Disconnect the Spark Plug

Even though there isn’t any fuel left in the lines you want to make absolutely certain the lawnmower isn’t going to start up again while you’re going through the rest of the preparation process. The best way to do that is to disconnect the spark plug so there’s no way that there can be proper power through the unit. This way you can make sure that you’re not going to be injured or worse by your lawn mower kicking into gear while you’re trying to remove the blades or anything else.

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4. Take Off Blades

Next, you want to take off the blades. This is why it’s essential to disconnect the spark plug before you move on. You want to carefully remove the blade because it is still sharp even when the mower isn’t running. Be careful while handling and make sure that you sharpen the blades entirely while you have them off the mower. This will make it easier for you to get started at the beginning of the season when you really don’t want to spend a lot of time on that first lawn mowing job for the year.

5. Drain Oil

At this point you want to do an oil change on your lawn mower. Make sure that you have a good pan that’s able to catch all of the oil that’s in the mower. Then set it up on its side, making sure to keep the air filter and carburetor away from where the oil is going to drip. Remove the plug on the oil reservoir and let it all drain out. Make sure you get everything out before you put the plug back in so you can start over later with entirely fresh oil that’s clean and ready to go.

6. Clean it Out

Take this opportunity to start cleaning your lawn mower. Underneath the body is going to be a whole lot of dirt and other debris and you want to make sure you’re getting everything out. It should look almost like new again by the time you’re done. This is extremely important because anything left there could cause damage or rust over time. You definitely don’t want to get your lawn mower out at the beginning of the year and find out that it’s entirely ruined because rust ate all the way through the undercarriage.

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7. Put it Together

At this point you can put the blade back on (making sure it’s sharpened) and you can fill up the oil tank. Make sure that you use the right type of oil according to the instructions that came with your lawn mower and then change out the air filter. This will help get rid of dirt and debris as well as oil and other things that could make your lawn mower less efficient. No matter what, you want to make sure everything is clean and dry when you put that lawn mower away for the season and this is just one more part of that process.

8. Put it Away

Finally, put the spark plug back on and store your lawn mower away. You want to make sure it’s somewhere clean and protected. That means you don’t want snow to get on it and you want to try and avoid dirt and debris as much as possible to. A shed or garage is the best place to store your lawn mower so it’s going to be safe and so you can easily get to it when the season changes again and it’s time to start mowing your lawn. So make sure it’s stored safely where it won’t be damaged.

No matter what you want to make sure that your lawn mower is going to last at least several seasons. You want it to stay in good shape and that requires you to go through this process every season before you put it away. That way, you won’t have to worry about getting a new lawn mower when the summer comes again and you’ll be able to save up your money for other things that you want to do instead. Who wouldn’t want a vacation over a new lawn mower after all? Just follow these steps and you’ll be able to do just that, without the hassle of having to shop around too much either.

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