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Keep your Lawn Mower Running Longer and Better

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 20, 2012

A trouble-free lawn care season begins with a lawn mower that starts easily and runs smoothly. The key to making that happen may be as simple as doing a mower tune-up this year. A tune-up is inexpensive, takes only about 30 minutes for a typical push mower and is easy.

Best of all, this annual maintenance can save hundreds of dollars in the long run because it helps avoid major, costly repairs and premature replacement of the lawn mower.

It's like preventive medicine for your equipment. For a few dollars and few minutes once a year, you can make your lawn mower last longer and run better.

Benefits of a tune-up include:

  • A lawn mower that starts quickly and runs smoothly at full power
  • Extended mower life and the potential to avoid major repairs
  • Reduced engine emissions because the engine runs cleaner
  • A small savings in the amount of gasoline used
Homeowners who have never attempted a mower tune-up can have it done at J&J Small Engine Clinic.

For the typical push mower, this is everything needed to do a tune-up: the right amount of oil, an air filter, spark plug and fuel preservative. Need parts? No problem; contact  J&J Small Engine Clinic.

Original article Wall Street Journal

Prep Your Lawnmower for Spring

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 03, 2012

The weather has been mild lately, so let’s talk about lawnmower maintenance and prepping your lawn mower for the spring.

It is almost time to prep your lawn mower for the spring season. What does that mean?

  • Be sure there is no grass stuck underneath the mower (deck) from last season.
  • Change the oil.
  • Change the air filter
  • Sharpen the blade.
  • Change the spark plugs.

The above are the basic maintenance items for prepping your lawnmower after winter storage for spring use.

At J&J Small Engine Clinic, the most common problem we see is when the lawn mower won’t start after winter storage. The most common reason for this is the owner did not drain the gas or run the gas out at the end of the season. Then months later the lawn mower won’t start. Moisture accumulates in the gas tank, the volatile compounds in the gas evaporate and leave tars and varnishes and water in the carburetor. Repairing the lawnmower carburetor is often more work than the typical homeowner can do on their own. 

To get your lawn mower ready for spring, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic. Small engine specialists do tune-ups on lawn mowers and yard equipment, as well as maintenance and complete rebuilds on all types of small engines.

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