WINTERIZE YOUR MOWER - A HOW-TO GUIDE
Dealing with a lawnmower that refuses to start up when spring arrives can be quite frustrating. To ensure a smoother transition into the mowing season after the winter months, consider the helpful tips below for properly storing your mower.
1. Remove Old Fuel:
- It's highly advisable to empty or use up all the fuel in your lawnmower before long-term storage. Fuel left untreated in the tank can lead to corrosion, go stale, and create gummy deposits in various parts of the mower, including the tank, carburetor, and fuel lines. Don't overlook the need to drain the carburetor fuel bowl as well.
2. Oil Change:
- Yes, you read that right. Conducting an oil change before storing your mower ensures that no contaminants remain in your engine during the winter months. This proactive step also puts you ahead in your spring tune-up routine.
3. Disconnecting the Battery:
- Even when your mower is switched off and not in use, it can still draw a small amount of power in standby mode. To prevent any power drainage, disconnect the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. This ensures that your mower starts up smoothly when it's time to use it again.
4. Refer to Your Owner's Manual:
- Your lawnmower's owner's manual is a valuable resource that can provide specific instructions on how to store your particular mower for an extended period. It's a good practice to consult your manual for manufacturer-recommended storage procedures.
By following these guidelines, you can maintain your lawnmower in optimal condition during its winter hibernation, ensuring that it's ready to go when the grass starts growing in the spring.