Fall is here and days getting shorter, meaning yardwork is winding down across the country. The time has come to winterize the lawn mower and other outdoor yard power equipment so they’re ready to go in the spring.
There are several online resources available with tips and tricks to get your equipment ready to store, but the best place to find specifics is in your owner’s manual.
Here are a few standard practices to keep in mind:
1 – Drain Fuel: Completely drain the tank and fuel lines. Gasoline has a short shelf life; old gasoline may not work in the engine and could possibly cause damage.
2 – Change the Oil and Filters: This keeps your engine clean by preventing the build-up of particles and foreign materials.
3 – Check Spark Plugs: Replacing spark plugs at the end of the season is a cheap way to keep your engine running smoothly.
4 – Clean and Inspect: Thoroughly remove any debris accumulation.
5 – Storage: Store in a clean, dry location that offers protection from outside elements.
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