Once the leaves have been raked in, you should not relax. Pay attention to your lawn mower so that it does not get affected in any way the next time you bring it in, which is in the next season. There are many reasons for winterizing your lawn mowers. Gasoline in your carburetor does not adapt to the changes in the temperature. The gasoline will gum up once you try and restart it following the winter. If there is no supply of gasoline in your engine, then it will not start. You will not be able to carry out the maintenance by yourself and lose money and time making the trip to your next door mechanic. All of this will be necessary if you do not winterize the mower.
Winterizing Your Lawn Mower
Winterizing the mower can be done in a few simple steps. You can do it yourself without involving anyone else.
The first thing that you need to do is to remove the gasoline in the tank. You can do this by transferring the contents in a plastic can. Usually, a single gallon container is enough.
You need to tightly close the can after the contents of the lawn mower have been decanted. Position it in a way that prevents it from toppling over, making the content to spill.
If the same grade of gasoline is used in your car, transport the content into the tank of the car which is a lot safer. Instead of storing the gasoline in a can you can even transfer it to a winter heating system.
Start the engine until the rest of the fuel is entirely consumed and the engine stops by itself.
Drain the crank case oil and gearbox oil. Dispose of the oil according to guidelines from the municipality for disposal of hazardous waste, or give it to the authorities for the matter. Do not ever dump it on the ground or in the sewer.
Remove the spark plug, apply the lubricating (around 50 ml) from the opening and crank up the engine with the rope to allow lubrication of the crankshaft and piston.
Make sure that you are wearing hand gloves while dealing with the lawn mower before you carry out any of the activities. Follow the safety rules so that you can avoid injuring your hands.
Turn up the engine and clean the inner parts of the lawn mower to eliminate traces of muck or grass that might be attached to the blades. Clean the working components of the mower, and remove any of the foreign materials that might be lodged in between the blade and the body.
Clean the inner areas with a piece of steel wool and remove the rest from the body and covers of the lawn mower.
Apply as the protective solution such as the WD-40 to the surfaces that have been cleaned.
If needed, sharpen, remove and re-position the blade and turn the mower back to its initial position.
Change the oil and air filters. If possible, clean the filter, but you need to replace it if it is made of paper. The oil filter and air filter can even be replaced just before using the lawn mower, although it helps if you do it while winterizing.
Fill the tires with air and wheel it to the resting place for winter. When the spring season arrives and the grass is waiting to be cut, fill the fuel tank using gasoline and start it up. Your old mower will purr its way into the field in no time. So, winter lawn maintenance is easy!
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