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Tips for Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

February 21st, 2012 Tools

If you have a lawn mower, it's important to protect your investment by performing regular maintenance during the lawn mowing season and right before you put it away for the winter. This will ensure that you won't experience short or long-term issues, and you will extend the life of your mower. A sharp blade and a properly cared-for engine will ensure a good cut every time. Here's how to keep your lawn mower in tip-top shape, according to The Home Depot and DIY Network.

1. Clean your mower after every use. Just brush off the grass with a gloved hand or a broom. After the mower is off completely, reach under the deck with your glove and brush off any grass under there and on the blade.

2. A couple of times each year, give your mower a thorough cleaning. This involves turning it over on its side (while the gas tank is empty) and removing anything caked on the deck or blade as well as anything wrapped around the blade. Use a garden hose to loosen any dried dirt or grass, then scrub everything with a soft brush and warm, soapy water.

3. Clean or replace the air filter once or twice each year. Paper filters should be replaced when they look dirty and plastic foam filters need to be taken out and washed. Let it air-dry, then put some clean mower oil on the filter to lightly coat it.

4. When you're done using your mower for the season, empty the gas tank and leave it empty until spring. Drain the engine oil for recycling, then refill it according to your lawn mower manufacturer's instructions.

5. Replace the spark plug once a year. Disconnect the wire, then remove the plug with a wrench or a pair of pliers. Screw in a new plug that matches the model of your old one, then connect the wire.