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Outdoor power equipment 7 things to do before storing a lawn mower for winter

Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Jeff Linderman

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Seven things to do before storing a lawn mower for winter






Wondering how to winterize your lawn mower? Good!  The majority of problems lawn mowers have at the start of spring are caused by failing to care for the lawn mowers before storing for the winter. Proper maintenance of your lawn mower will extend its life and prevent costly repairs.

Here are the top seven most important things you should do to get your lawn mower ready for the cold season:

1. Replace damaged or worn parts and troubleshoot performance issues.

Inspect key components and replace as needed. Pay particular attention to the engine and blade. A damaged blade can be a safety risk.  Consider replacing the fuel filter, spark plug and air filter. Foam air filters can be cleaned.

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2. Thoroughly clean the undercarriage, deck and fuel cap.

Remove the spark plug wire and boot before performing any maintenance. Use a hose, putty knife and car wash detergent to remove debris buildup from the undercarriage and deck. Fuel caps have vent holes to allow air into the fuel tank. Use a paintbrush to brush away particles and buildup on the fuel cap. Before closing the fuel cap, inspect for blockage and replace it if there’s blockage.

3. Degrease.

Spray degreaser on oil stains. Allow the degreaser to sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping with a clean cloth. Rinse with a hose.

4. Spray lubricant on any bare metal undercarriage parts to prevent rusting.

5. Add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel or empty the fuel tank, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions for the particular mower model.

6. Check the mower owner’s manual for the recommended way to handle oil replacement.

Most small engine repair shops and auto parts stores have a free recycling program for used oil.

7. Store in a dry place such as a garage or shed.

RepairClinic has replacement parts and maintenance products for lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment including spark plugs, blades, fuel filters, air filters, ignition coils, tune up kits, degreasers, lubricants and many others.

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is RepairClinic.com’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.



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