Even with the best level of maintenance care, your lawn mower will stop working at some point due to normal operating glitches like wear and tear of parts. While you should be able to find quick solutions whenever these landscaping aides break down, ensuring proper preventive maintenance can increase the uptime of your lawn mowers quite significantly.
For that reason, here are a few useful tips to help you keep your lawn mowing equipment in topnotch working condition and to reduce the frequency of costly repairs in the long term.
Changing the oil.
Over time, dirt, debris and other unwanted elements will get into the oil and threaten to spoil the engine every time your lawn mower is running. Regularly check the oil level in your lawn equipment, and be on the look-out for suspended debris such as grass and leaves. Oil with a dark black colour should be changed immediately because it may lead to engine failure.
To replace the oil, you'll need to loosen the oil drain plug beneath the mower deck and allow the old oil to drain fully. Be sure, however, to place a drain pan below the deck to collect the oil so that you can avoid cleaning up oil spills. If your lawn mower doesn't have an oil drain plug, you can carefully lean the equipment sideways and remove the contaminated oil via the fill hole.
Checking the air filter.
When air filters trap too much dirt, they become clogged and call for replacement. A clogged air filter uses fuel less efficiently and causes the mower to emit harmful gas emissions like carbon dioxide. The paper or foam air filters used in most lawn mowers can be easily accessed. If the filter is made from paper, take out the filter casing and use a high-pressure air hose to blow out all the dirt.
If your mower uses the foam type filter, wash it using water and a suitable detergent and allow it to dry before you can apply some globules of oil to it. While a simple cleaning process might suffice for foam filters, you may need to replace paper filters because they are relatively less long-lasting and inexpensive to buy.
Cleaning the spark plug.
Over the course of the grass-cutting spell, the performance of your lawn mower may deteriorate because of carbon build-up in the spark plug, which subsequently increases fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and thus reduces engine efficiency. Detach the spark plug from the lawn equipment for an easy clean.
Apply a brake cleaner to the spark plug and use a wire brush to gently clean out the dirt after a few minutes. Alternatively, you can replace the old spark plug with a new one to guarantee an easy start.
If you still can't keep your lawn mower in good condition, you may need to hire a commercial lawn mowing company to take care of your lawn for you while your mower gets repaired. You may even decide to continue using them in the future.