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Get your Lawnmower Ready

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 22, 2013

There may be more snow on the way, but it is actually time for lawn mower maintenance, time to get your lawnmower ready for the spring.

There are a few things you can do yourself if you didn’t do them at the end of last season:

  • Be sure there is no grass stuck underneath the mower from last season.
  • Change the oil.

There are also a few items you may be able to do, but if not, J&J Small Engine Clinic provides lawn mower service for all those small engine maintenance tasks you can’t do on your own, like:

  • Change the air filter
  • Sharpen the blade.
  • Change the spark plugs.

These are just some of the basic items that should be addressed when you take your mower out of winter storage and ready for spring use.

Start your lawnmower before you actually need to use it. We find that the most common problem with a lawnmower after being stored is that it just won’t start. Unfortunately, this is usually a carburetor problem and repairing the carburetor is often more one can typically do on their own.  

For lawn mower maintenance, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

Preparing your Lawn Mower for Winter Storage

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 21, 2012

As fall approaches and you start to think about putting your lawn mower away for winter storage, be sure to properly prepare it before you put it in the shed. Lawn mowers will last for many years with proper maintenance. But they need proper maintenance before winter storage as well.  This will not only ensure that your lawn mower starts in the spring, but it will extend the life of your mower too.

Thoroughly Clean your mower - turn the mower up on one side exposing underneath the deck. With a putty knife, scrape the underside until the caked on grass clippings are removed, include the grass clippings chute.

Spray under deck with all purpose cleaner then use a hose to wash thoroughly.

Dry the underside of the deck using and spray under deck surfaces with lubricant WD-40.

Turn mower upright and clean the deck and engine. Be sure to clean under the air filter housing.

Remove any remaining gasoline from the fuel tank by pouring it into a bucket. Any fuel remaining in the tank may be removed by running the engine until empty.

Drain old oil into an oil pan by removing the plug in the bottom of the crankcase through the oil filler tube. Old oil must be disposed of at a recycling center or at auto parts stores that provide this service.

Replace oil drain plug and add fresh oil.

Air filter and spark plugs also need to be cleaned. If the spark plug is very dirty, replace it. If it is fairly clean, clean it with spray carburetor cleaner and a stiff wire brush, and then dry it.

Clean the air filter housing using a clean rag and a light coating of WD-40. Now you are ready to store your lawn mower. If this is too much or too time consuming, J&J Small Engine Clinic would be more than happy to service your lawn mower for winter storage, contact us.

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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