Whenever you mow, it is recommended that you clean your mower thoroughly. Regular maintenance and cleaning not only prolong the life of your mower but also ensure that it runs efficiently, meaning it takes less time to mow next time.
Like other mechanical tools and machines, lawnmowers also require proper maintenance and overhaul to function properly. The most basic maintenance initiative for a lawnmower is to clean it properly. This step is simple but very effective in improving the overall performance of the mower and increasing its life.
Always keep in mind that grass and small debris can build up between tiny parts of the engine and cause it to overheat, damage the engine, or prevent it from controlling its speed. If you carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions, clean your device regularly, and use the recommended types of oil and gas, you should no longer have any trouble operating your machine.
Read the manual
Before you begin any cleaning or maintenance on your lawnmower, read your owner’s manual for specific details on how to clean your machine. Your owner’s manual provides information on how to secure your fuel tank to prevent spills and can help you avoid doing anything that might void warranty claims.
To protect yourself when cleaning your lawnmower, always wear gloves and safety glasses. To prevent your mower from accidentally turning on when you are cleaning it, be sure to:
Disconnect (or remove) the spark plug
Separate or disconnect the battery
Clean in a well-ventilated area, especially when using solvents
Once you’ve read the manual and done the safety checks, it’s time to start cleaning.
Clean the housing of your mower
The bridge under your lawnmower is the closed housing where the blade turns. You cannot see this part and there is no cosmetic reason to clean it. However, you need to clean it to improve the performance of your drive.
If dry grass gets stuck there, it can deflect the blades and disable efficient mowing. The best option is to clean this part of your mower at least twice during each mowing season. Don’t forget to do this at the end of the season as well.
The process itself is not too demanding. After emptying the gas tank, disconnect the spark plug wire and set the mower aside. Wash all parts with a garden hose and clean off any remaining dirt with hot water, soap, and a brush, and dry all parts if necessary.
Clean the engine of your lawnmower
Before you start cleaning the engine of your lawnmower, you must remove the spark plug to prevent the accidental starting of the device. Then remove the screen from the motor and detach the fan housing.
To do the job well, you need a garden hose reel and engine degreaser. Coldwater, degreaser, and a brush are usually sufficient to clean the engine of an average mower. To avoid forcing small pieces of debris onto inaccessible parts of the engine, do not use compressed air to clean.
Make sure the motor is completely cool before you start washing it. Avoid cleaning corroded plugs. They are not worth disturbing. Simply replace them.
Be sure to clean the radiator cooling fins from debris, the flywheel fins and the inside of the fan housing with a bristle brush. The easiest way is to spray it with a strong stream of water.
Also thoroughly clean the mower choke, throttle connections, and battery terminals. Lubricate the battery terminals and accessories on the mower deck to prevent corrosion. You can expect the engine to run more efficiently after cleaning.
3. End of season maintenance
When the mowing season ends in the fall, drain the gas tank by letting the mower run until the gas tank is empty. Leave the mower tank empty until spring arrives, if possible. When gasoline is left in the mower all winter, it becomes sticky and can damage the engine. If you must leave a full tank of gas, add a can of fuel stabilizer to the mower tank, then run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the stabilizer to the fuel lines and engine cylinder before storing. the secateurs.
After treating the gas, drain the oil pan and fill it with new oil.
These steps should get your mower ready for operation when you take it out of the garage or shed next spring. But if you are having trouble starting your lawnmower, it might be because you need to set up your machine, which is a pretty easy DIY task.
Clean your lawn mower’s fuel system.
If you notice that your lawnmower is not running like it used to and is making more noise than usual, you probably need to clean the fuel line. After locating the fuel system at the bottom of the unit, empty the gas tank and get ready to begin maintenance.
Make sure the machine is off, remove the spark plug wire, find the fuel cock at the base of the gas tank and turn it off. First, check the tank. If it is damaged or has cracks, do not try to repair it. There is no other solution than to replace it.
Next, start cleaning a fuel system from filters and vents using an air hose with a nozzle. You don’t need dust, wood chips, small stones, or grass as the carburetor lines are really small, and clean fuel is the basic requirement.
Clean the carburetor of a lawnmower
The carburetor is one of the most common culprits for the mower to stall, rough run, and inefficiently burn fuel. Cleaning a carburetor can be overwhelming, but learning how to clean a lawnmower carburetor is well within the reach of most DIY enthusiasts.
You have two options for cleaning a carburetor: keep it on the mower or remove it. In general, leaving the carburetor on or removing it for cleaning depends on how dirty it is.
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The mower deck should be thoroughly cleaned with a pressure washer to remove all traces of grass and mud.
The strap protector, located inside the case, must be removed. Clippings can often get under the bridge and can eventually damage the belt and cause it to rot.
The pulleys should also be cleaned.
The wheels must be removed to remove any possible accumulation of dirt.
The top of the deck and the engine should be thoroughly cleaned. If a conventional brush doesn’t work, you can use a brush to remove dust and foreign objects. Better yet, if you have a compressor, plug it in to reach places you can’t reach by hand.
The grass catcher must be thoroughly cleaned. The vents should be free of dry grass that could possibly prevent them from loosening. In this case, a pressure washer is also preferable to a hose.
For machines equipped with floor scrubbers, an additional deep cleaning may be required.
Drain the engine, if necessary.
If your blade is dull, sharpen it.