8 maintenance tips to keep your lawn mower running

Mowers play a big role in maintaining your yard and landscape. While some opts to just hire contractors to mow the grass at home, there are still those who opt to purchase one to save money. But we should always remember that if this is not taken care well, it could result to additional expenditures and further affect the curb appeal of the home.

 

Regular, preventive maintenance will prolong the life of your lawn mower. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

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1. Read the owner’s manual

“It tells you how the maker of your mower wants you to take care of it,” says Chris Arvin, owner of highly rated Mow Better in Greenfield, Ind. “It’s in their best interest to keep you, the customer happy with their product so when it finally wears out in 10-15 years, you’ll buy another.”
2. Drain the gasoline at the end of each mowing season

Lawn mower repair technicians say old gasoline is one of the main suspects when a mower won’t start. Arvin says you should run the remaining gas out of the mower or drain it at the end of each mowing season, and always use fresh gas in the spring.

3. Check the oil

Monitor the oil level in your mower and look for floating debris or oil that is dark black in color. Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced. To change the oil, remove the drain plug underneath the mower and allow it to drain completely. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the correct type of oil to use.

 

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