The most important part of your lawn maintenance is keeping your mower in top shape. You don't want to have your mower quit or need lawn mower repair in the middle of mowing your lawn. There's no need to worry if you follow these tips to keep your mower happy and away from lawn mower repair as long as possible.
1. Don't hoard gas for the lawn mower. Only store less than a month's worth of gas wherever the lawn mower is stored. Gas older than a month is prone to having water in it from condensation. This will mess up the carburetor of the lawn mower and will require lawn mower repair.
2. Check your lawn mower's air filter often and replace it when it gets dirty. Dirty filters won't protect the engine from dirt. Dirt will wear down the vital parts of the engine making starting the lawn mower a real pain.
3. Before you start your lawn mower make sure you clear the blades of any built up grass or debris. This will make sure the blade will rotate easily and cut the lawn cleanly.
4. For electric mowers using batteries, remember to plug them in to charge after each mowing. When storing the electric mower over the winter charge it overnight before unplugging and storing. This will keep the battery from losing power.
5. Remember to check your mower's oil each time you go to mow the lawn. Too little oil in the lawn mower can put a death grip on the engine and send it straight to lawn mower repair. Change the oil at least once a season as well. Usually the middle of the mowing season in early July would be fine.
6. Make sure you keep the lawn mower's cooling fans clean as well.
7. Check the belt condition and tension each time you mow the lawn.
8. Sharpen your lawn mower blades every third mowing. You can get this done by a lawn mower repair shop or do it yourself. You can use a grinding wheel or file. To keep them balanced when sharpening, drive a long nail into the garage wall and hang the blades off it when sharpening.
9. Wipe down all the rubber and plastic lawn mower parts with Armorall once a month to keep them from drying out, cracking or disintegrating. This will prevent a trip to the lawn mower repair shop.
10. Wipe down all chrome and metal parts with WD-40 every few weeks. This will keep them from rusting and sticking.
11. Check all safety controls before using the lawn mower. There are too many lawn mower accidents each year that could have been prevented.
12. At the end of the lawn mowing season do the end of the season maintenance chores to keep your lawn mower in good shape for the next year.
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