New Lawn Mower Owners refer to your owner's manual for the engine manufactures first recommend oil change, (usually within a few hours of use). Even if do your own maintenance, no receipts may cause engine warranty issues.
The following tips are not a guarantee your equipment will not break down, but is intended to help you avoid unnecessary breakdowns and repairs.
MAINTENANCE TIP #1 Fuel Stabilizer
Our #1 service call is gummed up carburetors due to bad fuel
Gas breaks down after 3 months and will leave a varnish like coating in your carburetor and fuel system
Common problems are not starting or starting and stalling
Adding a fuel stabilizer in your gas container or equipment will preserve the fuel up to a year
Fuel stabilizer can be purchased at any home improvement or auto parts store
Note: add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel only.
ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE TIP #2 Weak or Bad Batteries
Weak or dead batteries that need to be charged or jumped started on a regular basis will eventually cause electrical components failure.
Common component failure starter motors, starter solenoids, blown fuses and on rare occasions key switch failure.
MOWER MAINTENANCE TIP #3 Push Mower Blade
Push & self propelled mower blades
Blade inspection is essential on push mowers, more so then on riding mowers.
A bent, damaged or unbalanced mower blade is the most common cause of push mower vibrations, cracked decks or premature engine failure
MOWER MAINTENANCE TIP #4 Riding Mower Blades
Lawn tractors & Zero turn mowers
Bent, damaged or chipped blades will cause a deck vibration that may not be noticeable.
Vibration will cause the deck components including the belt(s) to wear out prematurely
Note: mower leaving strips of uncut grass, blade ends are worn or bent
ENGINE MAINTENANCE TIP #5 Oil Changes
Changing the engine oil in a small engine seasonally is extremely important even if the oil still looks golden in color
Fresh engine oil not only lubricates but helps cool the engine
Check your engine oil during the season not only for the level but the color. If the oil is, or turns dark black it should be changed immediately
MOWER MAINTENANCE TIP #6 Cleaning Riding Mowers
Highly recommend using compressed air or a leaf blower to clean off your riding mower after each use.
The most common problems encountered from hosing down a riding mower after each use is electrical shorts and rusted spindle bearings
Note: To prevent rust related problems, your lawn mower should to be stored dry
Utility Trailer #7 Wheel Bearings
The most overlooked and the number one roadside breakdowns of utility trailers are worn or dry wheel bearings.
Wheel bearings should be check or repacked every few years, more often if used on a regular basis.