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This article is a general guide for servicing, maintaining and storing your mower. Always refer to your owner’s manual and seek help from a professional if you are unsure of how to properly service your mower.
Winter is a great time to show your lawn mower a little love and give it the best possible start to the next growing season.
A properly maintained mower will give you years of reliable mowing that’ll ultimately save you plenty of time and money. Always be sure to store your lawn mower in a cool, dry place away from the elements. Here are 8 things you should look out for before spring comes around!
Leaving dirt, debris and clippings on, in and under your mower for months on end is an invitation for rust to start building. Be sure to thoroughly clean the exterior of your mower as well as the underside of the deck until it’s completely clean. Also look out for any surfaces where the metal may be showing and have them repainted. It is better to blow your machine down with a hand-held blower rather than washing it down with a pressure washer.
If you own the Hustler Raptor Flip-Up, make use of our patented QuickFlip™ technology for easy cleaning and maintenance. Make sure that your mower is completely dry before storing it for the rest of the winter.
Now would also be a great time to check and replace your fuel filter if you haven’t recently done so.
When it comes to air filters, it’s always best practice to replace them after every mowing season. If it’s beginning to fray and fall apart then it’s time to get your hands on some new ones! Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to properly replace your filters. Remember never blow out the air filter with compressed air, this damages the paper element allowing dust into the engine. If dirty, replace the air filter.
While your cleaning the underside of your deck, be sure to take a good look at your blades. Keep an eye out for bent or broken blades and replace them immediately. Winter is also the best time to sharpen your blades so that you’re ready to go when spring comes along! Bring your blades in to our Service Department and we will be able to sharpen them for you!
Spark plugs should be replaced every 100 hours but now would also be a good time to inspect them for any signs of corrosion. If the plugs are looking good, then take about 30ml of engine oil and pour it into the cylinder before cranking the engine a couple of times to help with lubrication. This will help you prevent any rust from building up while your lawn mower is in storage.
When it comes to fuel, it is a good idea to either drain all the fuel from your mower or use a fuel stabiliser. Stabilisers can keep fuel fresh for extended periods of time and will also make sure that you won’t be faced with any difficulties when starting your mower come spring.
Turn the fuel tap off and run the engine until it runs out of fuel. This way when you go to restart your mower the carburetor will get a fresh supply of fuel.
Before your mower goes into storage, it’s best to disconnect the battery and remove it from the unit. Make sure to clean the battery, terminals and cable connectors thoroughly and get it fully charged. Store your battery in a cool dry place and don’t ever expose it to freezing temperatures!