Tune Up Your Lawn Mower for Spring

March 6, 2013

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To make sure that your lawn mower works at its best this spring, as well as to prolong its life and prevent expensive repairs in the future, tune up the engine on your machine. Tune up your lawn mower, reduce emissions and improve efficiency – a win-win for you and the environment.

Follow these helpful tips and get your your lawn mower engine ready for the busy spring season:

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  • Clean or replace the air filter on your lawn mower – the air filters prevents dirt, dust and debris from entering your lawn mower engine and should be cleaned or changed every twenty five hours or once per mowing season, depending on the use of your equipment. Foam air filters can be cleaned with hot water and detergent while paper air filters need to be replaced.
  • Replace the fuel filter on your lawn mower – fuel filters cannot be cleaned. Consult your engine’s owner’s manual for specific instructions.
  • Change engine oil on your lawn mower  – oil should be changed once per season or every twenty fife hours of use. Check the oil on your lawn mower every eight hours of use to ensure that it is golden in color; a darker color indicates old oil that needs to be replaced right away. Make sure to recycle old lawn mower oil. (For more information on used oil recycling, visit: http://www.recycleoil.org/)
  • Replace your lawn mower spark plug at least one per season – even if the spark plug seems to be working well, its effectiveness will degrade over time because of carbon build-up and a weakened electrode. This will greatly increase emissions into the atmosphere as well as reduces engine performance requiring it to consume more fuel.
  • Check to make sure that your lawn mower has a sharp, undamaged blade – blunt blades will tear the grass and can do great damage to your lawn by pulling out the grass roots. A lawn mower blade needs to be sharpened every cutting season and replaced every one to three years. If your lawn mower blade is damaged in any way, replace it right away so it doesn’t do more damage to your machine or to your lawn.  It is highly recommended that you always replace your lawn mower blade with a new one recommended by your manufacturer, never with a universal blade, due to safety reasons.
  • Check the tire pressure on your lawn mower tires to make sure the pressure is consistent – unequal pressure will result in uneven or poor cutting of grass.
  • Keep your lawn mower clean – after using your lawn mower, use a hose to wash away grass and debris, especially in the undercarriage area.  This will prolong the life of your machine and improve efficiency.

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