Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Lawn Mower Running
Sharpening the Blade
Due to hidden obstacles on your lawn like branches and rocks, your mower’s blade can get extremely stressed, making it quite dull. When that happens, the grass is torn by the dull blade rather than receiving a nice clean cut. Don’t try sharpening the blade on your own, however, unless you're very experienced in that area. Instead, take it to a lawnmower repair shop where it could even be included in your all-around lawnmower tune-up.
Keep your lawnmower in tip-top shape with a tune-up before each mowing season. Whether you DIY or take it to a professional, a tune-up should include some diagnostic tests, replacing the spark plug and air filter, and draining out all of the old gas.
When the grass gets caked in here, the discharge chute can clog. Using a wire brush can get the dirt and grass clippings out of there so that then spraying the rest with a hose will work well. Be sure that you've disconnected the spark plug first for safety sake.
Reading the Manual
It outlines everything you have to do to keep your mower running properly. Besides, the manufacturer wants you to be happy with how your mower runs so that you’ll end up buying another one from them when it gets worn out after 10-15 years.
Check the Air Filter
Your mower will burn the gas more efficiently if you keep the air filter clean. And, replacement filters are pretty cheap, so the majority of professionals are recommending that you replace the air filter every year.
Check Your Oil
Check for any debris that might be floating in it and make sure you oil level is optimum. Drain any old oil if it looks black and replace it with new fresh oil. Changing your oil is fairly simple. Just take out the drain plug on the bottom of your mower and let it drain thoroughly. Consulting your owner’s manual will tell you how to do this and which type of oil you should be using.
Changing Your Spark Plug
These are also cheap, yet very important. Change annually for easy starting every time you need it. Just remove your spark plug wire, removing the old spark plug. Then, install a new one, making sure that you are not over-tightening it.
Drain the Old Fuel
At the end of every mowing season, empty the mower of all fuel, so that there will be no old petrol issues next season, which can prevent starting.