Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

Consumer Report: Lawn Mower Maintenance

Consumer Report published a comprehensive list of the steps to take to prepare your lawn mower for the winter season. They forgot one handy tip and that would be to clean the dirty greasy parts on the engine as well as the cutting blade and underside of the lawn mower using The BenchtopPRO parts washer.

With the mowing season coming to an end, you may be tempted to just shove your mower into the shed. Don’t do it. Bad things can happen to your mower when it’s sitting idle. By ignoring simple maintenance tasks now you’re taking the chance that your mower will be out of commission in the spring, or worse, need replacing. Here’s a to-do list from the mower team at Consumer Reports.

Empty the gas tank. Gasoline left sitting in the fuel tank for months thickens into what repairmen call varnish. The ethanol in today’s gas also stiffens rubber and plastic parts and coats linkages. Some people have success adding fuel stabilizer to gas—some are designed to counteract ethanol’s effects—and storing it that way. For the most assurance, add the proper amount of stabilizer or instead pour in some ethanol-free fuel (available for about $6 a quart at some outdoor-gear dealers, Sears, and home centers) and run it dry. Once the machine cools down, drain the carburetor bowl, too; a simple bolt holds it in place. Have gas left over in the can? Add it to your car’s fuel tank and buy fresh gas for your leaf blower or snow blower.

To read additional steps including changing the oil, washing the underside, changing spark plugs and more Go Here


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