If you want lawn mowers, garden tillers, and weed trimmers to be in working order next spring, properly store them this winter. Here are a few tips to remember:
- Change the engine oil, using the same type of oil you normally use. Make sure the engin
- e is warm when you drain the old oil. Change the gear oil in tillers if it looks rusty or dirty.
- Clean the exterior of the engine, paying close attention to the cooling fins on the engine cylinder and head when cleaning. Aerosol engine cleaners are quick and easy to use. Cover the carburetor and air cleaner with a plastic bag before spraying the cleaner on the engine.
- Drain the fuel tank or fill the tank and add stabilizer to prevent aging of fuel. Adding stabilizer is usually easier and best for metal fuel tanks.
- Replace the air filter so you’ll be ready to go in the spring.
- Cover the engine with a piece of plastic film, tarp, or other cover, but don’t seal to allow condensation to escape.
- Clean and spray paint the underside of the mowing deck to prevent rust. That’s also a good time to sharpen the mower blade.
- Lubricate the wheels, gears, throttle, dead-man choke, and other cables with a light oil or spray lubricant, such as WD-40. Check for loose bolts and screws; inspect V-belts, and replace if worn or damaged.
- Store in a cool dry location
For more information on lawn mowers, garden tillers, weed trimmers, and other power equipment, stop by your local Stockdale’s today!