Every year as the weather begins to warm up, Americans across the USA look forward to working in their lawns. Whether it is for personal satisfaction or just to keep up with the neighbor’s lawn, men and women typically want their lawns to look great!
Whatever the reason, maintaining an appealing lawn requires lawn mower upkeep. Each year, follow 4 easy steps to help your lawn mower run as smoothly as possible.
*Change the Oil.
Changing lawn mower oil is fairly easy. If you have a push mower, ask another person to stand on the handle to support its weight as you change the oil. Lawn mowers typically feature an oil plug on the underside of the mower deck that can be removed to allow the old oil to drain. Catch the old oil in a pan or bucket as it leaves the mower, so that it does not drain onto the ground. Use any name brand oil to refill your mower. When pouring in the new oil, remember that most push mowers only need about 1-1.5 quarts of oil.
*Sharpen the Blade.
Remove your mower blade from underneath the deck with a crescent wrench. You can either take the blade to a repair shop to be sharpened, or you can try sharpening the blade yourself with a grinder. Look online for helpful tips about how to sharpen a lawn mower blade. It only takes a few minutes to sharpen your blade with either method!
*Clean or Change the Air Filter.
Depending on the type of filter, clean it with gasoline or try sucking the dirt off the filter with a vacuum hose. If your filter cannot be cleaned or needs to be replaced, buy a new one at any Wal-Mart, Home Depot or local hardware store.
*Replace or Clean the Spark Plug.
Clean the spark plug by pouring gasoline over the plug’s tip and brushing it out with an old toothbrush. This method will remove any buildup on your spark plug that may affect your lawn mower ignition. If your mower has had the same spark plug for more than a year, then you need to replace the spark plug. Like the air filter, the spark plug can be replaced at your local hardware store or at any store that sells mower parts.
Be sure to service your lawn mower at least once each mowing season. Without counting a trip to your local hardware store for parts, the servicing process only takes about an hour. Service your lawn mower regularly, and you will discover a marked difference in how well your mower runs over time.