Canton, Mich.— RepairClinic.com®, the trusted online store for replacement parts and free repair help for home outdoor power equipment, appliances and heating and cooling equipment, today shared maintenance tips to improve push lawn mower efficiency and prevent downtime and costly repairs.
Remember to disconnect the spark plug boot before performing any kind of maintenance work on a lawn mower.
1. Review the owner’s manual maintenance instructions.
2. Inspect for worn and damaged parts and replace as needed.
“For safety and to prevent premature wear of parts, use only replacement parts designed for your particular model,” said Jeff Linderman, outdoor power equipment specialist for RepairClinic.com. “Avoid parts marketed as a universal fit. This is particularly important with blades.”
3. Change the oil using the correct formula as recommended by the lawn mower manufacturer.
4. Ensure the air filter is clean.
Paper air filters cannot be cleaned and must be replaced. Gently scrub foam air filters with hot water and a dime-sized amount of detergent; be sure to allow the filter to dry completely before reinstalling it. As a general rule of thumb, lawn mower air filters should be replaced every 25 hours of use or once per season.
5. Install a new fuel filter.
Clean fuel filters are important to the efficient operation of a lawn mower. Due to likelihood of damage, fuel filters cannot be cleaned.
6. Add fresh fuel.
Empty any remaining fuel and add fresh fuel. Be sure to add fuel stabilizer every time you refuel; which helps stop the fuel from breaking down which could result in clogged fuel lines or stuck intake valves.
7. Troubleshoot and repair as needed.
Changes in performance such as difficulty starting the engine may indicate key component issues that should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid downtime and costlier problems.
An engine tune-up kit is the most efficient way to find everything you need to tune up your lawn mower engine; most kits include an air filter, spark plug, fuel filter and oil. It is easy to find engine-specific tune-up kits on RepairClinic.com: http://www.repairclinic.com/tune-up