Preparing Your Mower for a North Carolina Summer

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As spring breathes new life into our surroundings, it’s time to ensure your lawn mower is primed and ready for the warmer months ahead. Taking proactive steps now not only prolongs the life of your equipment but also saves you precious time by addressing potential issues before the peak of the mowing season.

Here are some essential maintenance tasks to prioritize this spring. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions tailored to your mower model. You can call the experts at Mobile Mower Techs to get the service your mower needs.

Change the Oil

Start by positioning a container beneath the mower’s drain plug. Remove the dipstick and utilize vise grips or a wrench to loosen the plug. Once the oil has drained completely, replace the plug. Then, place a funnel atop the oil reservoir and pour fresh oil per your owner’s manual recommendations. It’s crucial to avoid overfilling, which can damage seals, or underfilling, which may lead to overheating.

Grease It Up 

Apply a light-duty lubricant to contact surfaces such as wheel bearings, cables, and height adjusters. However, refrain from lubricating areas that come into contact with the drive belt during operation. Additionally, don’t overlook spraying silicone underneath the mower deck to deter rust and prevent clippings from adhering.

Replace the Plugs

Spark plugs are relatively inexpensive, making it wise to replace them each season rather than attempting to clean or reuse them.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Locate the air filter on the engine’s side, enclosed within a metal or plastic casing. For sponge-like filters, soak them in warm, soapy water and then squeeze them dry. However, cardboard filters should be replaced, as they cannot be cleaned.

Sharpen the Blades

Ensure your mower blades are sharpened or replaced annually. Any bent blades should be promptly replaced, and be vigilant for signs of wear or impact on blade surfaces and cutting edges.

Change Belts (For Self-Propelled Units Only)

Grass clippings can easily accumulate in wet conditions, so regularly clear any buildup from beneath the deck or belt. Additionally, inspect belts for signs of heavy wear or cracking, replacing them immediately if necessary.

Charge or Change Battery (For Mowers with Electric Start Only)

The battery may be the culprit if you encounter difficulties starting your mower. Consult your manual for proper battery charging or replacement procedures.

Call to Action for Mobile Mower Techs

Mobile Mower Techs is committed to ensuring your lawn mower is in top-notch condition for the summer ahead. Not everyone wants to take care of their own mower, or they just don’t know how. Don’t let maintenance tasks overwhelm you – our expert technicians are here to help. Schedule your mower service today and enjoy a hassle-free mowing season!