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Fall Maintenance for Your Mower

Remove the battery. Riding mower batteries should be removed and stored separately throughout the winter to keep it charged. Cold winter weather easily drains battery power.

Drain Gas. Drain gas out of the mower before storage. Gas should not be stored through the winter because the gas can weaken and turn gummy, clogging the motor when lawn mowing season begins the following spring. (I'm sure some of you have been there. Its happened to me. Live and learn)

Drain Oil. Drain the oil from the lawn mower after the gas is drained. This is an important step in order to prepare for the spring. The oil needs to be changed prior to usage anyway, draining the oil now allows the quick addition of oil in the spring.

Remove and Sharpen Blades. Remove the blades and ensure they are sharpened prior to storing the mower to prepare for the beginning of the warmer months.

Clean off Debris. All debris should be removed from the mower surface, blades and engine prior to storage.

Close the Intake and Exhaust Ports. Pull back on the cord of push mowers until there is slight resistance. This closes both ports to keep air out of the lines. (Good advice right here! Did this last year and made a world of difference)

Remove Spark Plugs. Remove the spark plugs and store them separately for the following year. If they need replacement, throw the plugs away and purchase new ones.

Remove Air Filter. Remove and clean or replace the air filter after the final use of the lawn mower for the year. This is basic lawn mower care.

Check Blades for Damage. While the blades are off the mower, check to make certain there is no damage to them. If there is damage, replace the blades with new ones.

Remove the Key.
Remove the key from the ignition to avoid accidental startups and store them in a safe place in the home or garage. (I actually zip tie mine to the mower so I don't lose it and its safe)

Check Belts. Check belts to make sure they are in good shape. Look for worn, cracked or torn spots. If the belts are damage, replace them immediately before storage.

Storage. When storing the lawn mower, it should be in a dry area. The optimal place to store a lawn mower is in a shed or garage. If the mower must be stored outside, it should have a lawn mower cover placed over it to keep the elements out. A lawnmower that is left out in winter weather will take a beating. It will likely get rust on the body and the motor may suffer severe damage.


Hope everyone has a great fall! :trink39:
 

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Good list!:thanku:
I always change the oil in all 3 tractors for the winter time. I think you will find that the vast majority put new oil in at that time. I would never leave one of my engines all winter without oil in it!:trink40:
 

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Agreed. I used to use stabil in the fuel, but I just drain it all out or run it dry.
 

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I disagree on the removing the plugs and air filter. You're leaving an opening for moisture to get in the cylinders and for debris of some kind to get in the carb throat.
JMHO,
Mike
 
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