Lawn Mower Maintenance

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By: Jason Petrina

If you have ever owned and used the same lawn mower year after year you are in need of some hefty maintenance. Similar to myself I have neglected my lawnmower and never tuned it or even read the instruction manual. After years of this kind of treatment my lawnmower began to give me a lot of problems that just about cost me a fortune. To avoid the problem that I encountered I would recommend doing exactly what I didn’t do. With simple routine maintenance your lawn mower can run smoothly year after year. Be sure to read the instruction manual, and remember to always treat your lawnmower with care.The first step to taking care of machine is getting acquainted with it. You should be familiar with your machine and know all the ins and outs. If you are tired from pulling the lawnmower starter cord then be sure to familiarize yourself with your lawn mower. Before performing any type of maintenance you have to get the lawnmower ready. Empty or fill up the gas tank so that there is just enough to have it run for approximately 5 or 10 minutes. This is to get the machine warmed up and ready for a tune up.

Make sure the lawnmower runs for at least 5 minutes prior to any kind of tune up or maintenance. As a safety precaution remove the spark plug to prevent the lawn mower from accidentally starting. If you are unable to find or remove the spark plugs look in your owner’s manual. A full complete tune up consists of three components, an oil change; spark plug change, and cleaning or changing if necessary the air filter. Remember to do all three tasks in one tune up to keep things on track. It’s not good to have certain areas of the lawnmower to be running smoothly while another component of the lawnmower is not. Doing all three tasks in the same tune up makes it easier to keep track.

Doing an oil change is very easy and can be done by almost anyone. The first step to a successful oil change is to well, purchase the right oil. If you are unsure about which oil is best for your lawnmower consult your owner’s manual or call the store at which you purchased the lawnmower from. To avoid any contamination remember to clean any dirt surrounding the cap of the oil tank. Precede and unscrew the oil cap and pull out the dipstick. To empty out the oil tank, find the screw cap on the bottom side of the tank. Unscrew it and the oil will spill out, grab a pan and use it to catch the oil. Now simply fill the oil tank with the right kind of oil for your lawnmower. TO ensure that there are no leaks, let the lawnmower run for approximately 5 minutes and observe the tank.

Changing the sparkplug in your lawnmower is fairly simple but important job concerning tune ups. Changing the sparkplug is the second step in finishing a full tune up for your lawnmower. First, start by preventing accidents by cleaning off the area surrounding of the spark plug. To take off the old sparkplug just use an old socket wrench. To ensure the new sparkplug is the right type and size for your lawnmower consult your owner’s manual. There are many different sizes of sparkplugs available and putting on the wrong one may result in an electrical failure.

The final step of completing a full lawnmower tune up involves the paper air filter. Depending on the type of air filter you will either need to clean it or replace it. Paper filters are too cheap in quality and will need to be replaced, while foam filters can be cleaned. Changing a paper air filter is very simple; just take off the cover and replace the old filter. To clean a foam air filter, soak it in clean engine oil and replace.

Jason Petrina is the Editor and Publisher of Article Click. For more FREE articles for your ezine and websites visit – www.articleclick.com

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