Spring Lawn Mower Service
It probably doesn’t seem like much time has passed since you put your lawn mower away for the winter, but now’s the time for its annual maintenance to get it ready for spring. With mowing being such an integral part of your Augusta lawn care routine, you want to make sure your equipment is in tip-top shape.
Your Mower Maintenance Checklist:
Spark plug:For maximum safety, disconnect the spark plug lead before you do anything else. Remove the plug with a plug socket and use a wire brush and plug cleaner spray to clean it. If you notice any rust or corrosion, replace it. Wait to reconnect the wire until you’ve completed the other maintenance tasks.
Cleaning: Ideally, you were able to remove grass and leaves from the undercarriage before you stored the mower for the season, but if not, cleaning should be next on your list. It’s better to use a gloved hand than any kind of tool that can scratch or scrape the mower, because that will encourage rust.
Oil change:Changing your oil every year will help engine performance and extend the working life of your mower. It’s easy to do yourself: Place a container below the drain plug, remove the plug, and drain the used oil. Then replace the plug, add fresh oil, and dispose of the used oil appropriately. You can check with your trash company, local auto parts stores, or the nearest landfill to see what your options are.
Gasoline: It’s best to run the tank dry or siphon out any unused gasoline before storing a mower for the winter. Over time, gas can clog the carburetor and encourage rust, so adding new fuel to old is never a good idea. Make sure your tank is completely empty before adding the first gas of the season.
Air filter: As the air filter captures more dirt, the engine runs less efficiently, wasting fuel. The filter is accessible on most mowers and the paper varieties are cheap, so this is among the less demanding items on our list. If your mower has a sponge filter, clean it and let it air dry before putting it back in place.
Belts: Turn your mower on its side to inspect the belts and replace any that are loosening or that show rot or cracks.
Wheels and tires: Check tread depth and look for problems like deteriorating bushings. If you use a riding mower, check the tire pressure and adjust it if needed.
Blades:Remove the blades. You can sharpen them yourself with a metal file or take them to a hardware store or mower repair shop. If they’re chipped or broken, they’ll need to be replaced.
Height:If you adjusted the height of your blades for the longer cut we recommend for late fall and early winter, reset it to about one inch off the ground. Lower settings may cause damage to your grass.
This list won’t take long to complete, especially with a tune-up kit. If you prefer to outsource to a lawn mower repair shop, it’s a good idea to get in line early to beat the rush as spring gets closer. A little extra effort now will greatly reduce the likelihood of serious problems later.