What should I do before storing my mower for the winter?

Before storing your mower for the winter, take a little extra time to take care of your equipment so it's ready to go next spring.

Be smart about fuel

  • If you store your mower inside for the winter (an attached garage or basement), run it completely dry the day you mow your lawn the last time for the season.
  • If you store the mower in a detached shed, add a stabilizer to the fuel in the fuel tank. This method has a couple advantages over running the engine dry: In metal tanks, a full fuel tank prevents condensation so it prevents rust and keeps the carburetor float from sticking.

Clean the mower deck and sharpen the blade

Use a plastic scraper to remove the dirt and grass clippings from the underside of the deck and rinse well with a hose. Then coat the deck with silicone spray to reduce buildup next spring. Now is also a good time to sharpen the blade.

Remove the spark plug

Check the electrodes for wear and deposits, squirt a few drops of fogging oil in the cylinder, pull the starter cord a few times (on an electric-start mower, jog the engine with the key), then reattach the plug. If the electrodes are badly worn, replace the spark plug.

Perform routine maintenance

Fall is a convenient time to perform preventive-maintenance that keep a mower running longer. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations. Change the oil (four-stroke engines only), replace the air filter (or clean it if it's an older foam type), and lubricate moving parts such as cables, levers, and wheels.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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