Monthly Tips

Is there something broken on your lawnmower or small engine? Sometimes when parts have to be ordered it takes time to get the parts in. Save time and order the parts now and have your lawnmower or small engine ready by the time lawn season starts.

Gas going bad is a big problem really the main problem. Bad gas gums up the carburetor and can make repairs expensive. The gas we have today has no preservatives in it.

Note: The ounce or two of gas in the carburetor will not last but for a few months but if you put stabilizer in your fresh gas can it can last for up to 2 years.

I suggest putting any type gas stabilizer in your gas can to help your small engines carburetor stay gum free.

Note: This will save you money and stabilizer doesn’t cost very much and will save you a lot of money in the long run. Stabilizer should be used year round to keep your engine running good.

Make sure you are pouring gas in the gas tank and not kerosene or heater fuel. So many people grab the wrong container after winter and fill there lawnmower or small engine with fluid that is not gas. Check your container and make sure the fluid is gasoline.

Spark plug: The spark plug will and can go bad. Your spark plug may be sparking but it may have a short in side of the porcelain, which is located in the center of the plug. Your lawnmower may skip or not run at all. The best way to check if this is your problem is to change the plug. When you change your plug don’t forget to gap the electrode where it is curved with a feeler gauge at the recommended spec in your owner’s manual. Or call your nearest lawnmower shop.

Oil: Did you change your oil this month? (Take 15min out of your time and make your engines last longer) Oil is a necessity for all engines especially your small engines. Small engines work very hard and the oil they take breaks down quick and needs to be changed every 25hrs. Keeping your oil changed adds to the life of your small engine.

Is your blade sharp? A sharp blade makes your engine not have to work as hard in turn you don’t use as much gas and it don’t take as long to cut the grass. Keeping your blade sharp will make your grass look nicer.

Is your lawnmower or small engine smoking after you sharpened the blade? When you’re lifting a lawnmower or small engine on its side sometimes oil leaks in to the carburetor and makes it smoke. If you run the lawnmower or small engine for a few minutes the smoking should stop. Always lift with the carburetor up.

Self-propelled drive: Why have a self-propelled drive on your push mower and it not work? To make your self-propelled drive system last longer you have to keep it clean. Keeping your belts clean will keep your self-propelled system working correctly. Grass build up will cause you major problems so I feel you need to clean your self-propelled drive every time you change your oil every 25 hours. This is very simple to do.

Cables: Example: throttle cables, choke cables, self propel cables save the life of your cables by lubricating them frequently. They will last longer if they are moving properly.

All cables are important and need to work properly for the life of your lawnmower. Use a good spray lubricant to oil the cables.

Is the fluid in your battery full? If you keep your battery fluid full it will last longer. If your battery needs fluid use distilled water to refill.

Note: Keep battery charged over the winter to save you from having to buy one every year.

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