How to Properly Store a Lawn Mower for Winter

Winter is the time of year when most homeowners store their lawn mowers away until springtime. But how do you properly store your lawn mower so that it’s ready to go when you need it again? In this blog post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to store your lawn mower for winter.

Step 1: Clean Your Lawn Mower

The first step in storing your lawn mower for the winter is to clean it thoroughly. Use a brush or compressed air to remove any debris such as grass clippings, dirt and other materials. You should also check the underside of the deck for any caked-on mud or grime.

Clean The Air Filter

Next, remove and clean the air filter before storing your lawn mower. A dirty air filter reduces efficiency and can cause serious damage if left unchecked over time. Simply use warm soap water then dry with a paper towel or cloth.

Change Oil And Fuel Filters

During its service life, oil filters become less efficient at trapping contaminants and fuel filters can get clogged up with old particles from petrol stations which leads more wear on engine parts if not changed regularly. Changing both filters (oil & fuel) ensures optimal performance of engines even after long periods of storage.

Step 2: Drain The Gasoline Tank Fuel

Gasoline goes stale over time which may lead difficulties starting next season or even cause permanent damage like gumming up carburetors leading costly repairs needed later down line). To avoid these issues, drain gasoline tank completely by running motor till its out then dispose residual fluids according local waste regulations (usually recycling facilities).

Add Stabilizer If Necessary

In case gasoline tank couldn’t be emptied entirely (due limited resources available), add stabilizer agent mixed with sufficient amount fresh fuel recommended by manufacturer to prevent formation of gums or varnishes, which could clog fuel lines and cause difficulty starting.

Step 3: Store Your Lawn Mower

Once you have cleaned your lawn mower and drained the gasoline tank, it’s time to store it. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Choose A Clean And Dry Storage Space

Your storage space should be free of moisture, dirt or dust that can damage your mower engine or batteries over time. Garages, sheds or basements are ideal if these spaces meet dryness requirements mentioned above.

Suspend The Mower

If possible, suspend the lawn mower from its handlebar so that the weight is off the wheels. This will help prolong tire life which may flatten when kept stationary for long periods on concrete floor.

Conclusion:

Storing your lawn mower properly during winter takes a bit of effort upfront but saves headaches later in springtime when maintenance work needs doing before usage recommences. For best results following manufacturer specific instructions & guidelines then remaining consistent with good practices throughout machine lifespan. Ensure proper cleaning happens at least once per season (spring), monitor oil levels regularly between changes , replace filters as needed (at minimum once every year); use appropriate fuels recommended by manufacturer; store under cover protection avoiding humidity conditions where possible – all these simple actions add up big benefits happy mowing seasons ahead!

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