Do you own a self propelled mower? If so, how often do you tune up your mower? Like most people you might think that the only time you should worry about your mower is when it develops a serious fault. This should not be the case, however, because you have the option to tune up your mower on a regular basis. This is how you get to know your equipment well, and then decide on what to do with it. Do not wait until your mower gets faulty to take repair it.
The best thing to do is to assess its performance on a regular basis. The process of turning your lawn mower can be short or longer depending on the model you own. Gas lawn mowers tend to be tedious when it comes to maintenance and regular tune-ups. They have an engine that uses oil and filters, and it could clog up if not serviced regularly. As a result, the cost of maintain your mower could increase as well as the amount of emissions. These two problems can shorten the lifespan of your lawn mower engine and make it consume more fuel.
Turn on the lawn mower so that the engine can run for a short period. This will help the oil warm up and this will let it drain better. Then stop the engine and remove the drain plug. Remove old oil too, by tilting the mower back or the way the manufacturer recommends it. Now you are ready to return the drain plug to its original position. Do it and fill the mower with oil, ensuring that it is detectable via the oil fill hole. Alternatively, check the oil on the dipstick if it is available. Change of oil should be done at least one time each season or after running your equipment for twenty-five hours. There are mower maintenance kits that you can buy to simplify your work. Ensure that you have fresh oil before carrying out this turn up exercise.
Change Air filter
There are many reasons why you should replace the air filter. When you add a new air filter, you help maintain the proper ratio for fuel and air. This lets the mower use less gas and become more economical. Removing the older filter and replacing it with a new, clean filter is not difficult. First you should loosen the air filter cover screws. Then drop the cover down and remove the old air filter. Assuming you already have a new air filter, the next thing to do is to press in the new one. Ensure that the paper pleats on the filter are facing out. Cover the area again by screwing the cover tightly and you are done. It is advisable to change your lawn mower’s air filters regularly to keep it in the best working condition.
Install a new spark plug
Simply remove the spark plug wire; just pull it off. Then remove the old plug using a spark plug wrench. Alternately, use the deep socket of 13/16inch or ¾ inch. With your hands only, twist the new plug and ratchet it down until it stops. You should then twist quarter-way to keep it from breaking up or harder to remove at a later date.
Now remove and replace your spark plug. If you find that the plug has corroded, soak it in a Liquid Wrench solution or any other lubricant for about ten minutes. Once the lubricant has penetrated, the plug will become loose and easy to remove. The spark plug will have readily made gap between the overhanging arm and the electrode. It is important that this gap remains the same way it was made in the factory otherwise the mower won’t work anymore when the gap is altered.
Tools of work and materials
Before carrying out any of the above tune ups, make sure that you have the right tools. You will mostly require a socket or ratchet set, a four-in-one screwdriver, spark plug socket or wrench, air cleaner, spark plug and fresh engine oil. To avoid frustrations when you are trying to replace an air filter, spark plug or oil, ensure that you buy maintenance kits on the internet. It is also imperative to keep your manual booklet near you especially if it explains how to do tune ups. If it does not, you can make the internet websites that write how to guides your best friend. You will be able to read and apply your knowledge.
When a lawn mower is tuned up often or at least every season, it will keep running properly for a long time. Instead of consuming a lot of oil it will start to consume economically. Additionally, the mower’s engine condition will improve and this means that the equipment will last longer.