Your lawn mower has been working extremely hard all spring and summer long to keep your grass in check; now that it is autumn, it is the perfect time to give it a bit of a tune-up. You wouldn’t let your car go for an entire year without getting it looked at by a mechanic, so why would you let your mower go for the same amount of time without any attention? These machines contain plenty of moving parts that can break down if not properly cared for, so it is important that you make an autumn tune up a regular part of your schedule.
- Check the spark plug
With frequent use, your lawn mower’s spark plug can become dirty or even wet. If it has grown dirty it is possible to clean it but if it has become wet it will need to be replaced. You should also keep the spark plug out of the machine until you have finished working on it, as this will prevent it from accidentally starting.
- Clean the housing and interior
Use a scraper and an air gun to give your mower a thorough clean. These machines are prone to accumulating plenty of dirt and debris, especially on their underside and in any holes or ducts. It is important that you regularly remove this debris, as a buildup can create all sorts of problems for your machine.
- Sharpen the blades
This is the best time to remove your mower’s blades and give them a good sharpening. This will also go a long way towards improving the performance of your machine, allowing it to slice through grass easier. You can use a bench-mounted grinder, an angle grinder or a file to sharpen the blade on the right side.
- Add fuel stabilizer
If you are planning on putting your mower away for the upcoming winter and there is still fuel left in the tank, you don’t have to waste it by tipping it out. Instead, you can add a fuel stabilizer that will allow the fuel to remain good until spring. If you forget to do this, the fuel will go bad and will need to be replaced.
- Change the engine’s oil
Your lawn mower requires oil to lubricate the engine, to prevent damage and to ensure that its performance is as efficient as possible. You will need to make sure that the oil is clean and it is recommended that you change it at least once a season, as the operation of the machine will cause dirt to penetrate the housing.
Each of the above steps should be followed at the end of each and every mowing season to ensure that your lawn mower is kept performing at its optimum and to prevent future breakdowns. You should also spray all of the moving parts with WD-40 to help prevent them from sticking when they get dirty. Even if you aren’t planning on storing your machine for the upcoming winter, it is important that you give it a tune-up to ensure that it will run productively – and what better time to do it then autumn.