A little bit of routine small engine maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your lawn mower or snow blower. As you move into a new season, get out your easy-to-follow Changing of the Guard checklist and make sure your machine is ready to go next time you need it. No one has time for down time.
From oil filters to blades and protective covers, our independent hardware store has the parts you need to properly store your equipment and get you ready for the season ahead.
Add Stabilizer and Fresh Fuel to Your Lawn Mower
Most engine manufacturers recommend using a fuel stabilizer or draining the fuel system before putting the machine into storage. If you use a fuel stabilizer, mix the gasoline according to the instructions on the stabilizer container. Fill the machine’s gas tank about 3/4 full (using low ethanol gasoline) and allow the machine to run for a few minutes to make sure stabilized gasoline is in the carburetor as well as the tank. If equipped, turn the fuel valve to the off position. Note: It’s okay to add fuel stabilizer to your gas can with each fill up.
Change the Oil and Spark Plug
Change the oil and filter if equipped. Replace with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and filter type.
Clean the Blades and Undercarriage
Clean the unit: wipe or blow off the clippings and debris from the top of the unit and check the belt(s) and idler pulleys for wear. Check the blades, as now is a great time to replace or sharpen the blades. Remove the ignition key and/or the spark plug wire before working under the mower deck.
Properly Store Your Lawn Mower
Let your lawn mower hibernate for the winter in a cool, dry place. Protect your lawn mower from the elements with a Lawn Mower Cover.
Not a do-it-yourselfer? Contact Monnick Supply to schedule an appointment for seasonal maintenance.