Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

a man using a Honda Power Equipment HRX217HYA push mower

Is It Time To Service your Lawn Mower?

It happens to the best of us. You let your lawn mower sit idle for several months during the offseason and suddenly it won’t start when you try to use it again. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you’ve got an overgrown yard that you need to tackle. Oftentimes, you’ll need to take it in for a lawn mower tune-up before you can begin using it again.

The good news is that you can prevent this from happening in the future by taking some key steps in lawn mower maintenance, which we’ve provided below. To avoid costly repairs, follow these tips for the spring season as well as the postseason. Don’t forget to bring your mower to Belgrade Sales & Service for your recommended spring pre-season service. We’re located in Belgrade, MT, near Bozeman.

Exmark zero turn mower driving by white fence

Read the Manual

It might seem tedious, but proper lawn mower maintenance starts with reading the manual. This will help you determine how often your machine needs to receive professional service. Make it a point to adhere to this schedule so your mower continues running and performing well. Believe it or not, you might even find some other useful tips in the manual specific to your model that will come in handy when you least expect it.

Scag zero turn mower on field with american flag in background

Check Your Oil

Just like with any other vehicle, you’ll need to check the oil on your lawn mower. After all, the engine has an oil reservoir the keeps the pistons and the crankshaft properly lubricated. You can use a dipstick to check the level of the oil as well as the condition. Clean it off then reinsert it. If it comes out with any discoloration or sludge-like consistency, it’s time for a change. If you notice water or metal shavings in the oil tank, you’ll need to take your machine in for service right away. These are indicators of bigger problems that need to be addressed.

Walker mower owner checking deck after use

Clean The Deck

If you’re learning about lawn mower maintenance for the first time, it’s important to note that your deck can quickly become obstructed by grass clippings and mulch. When you add water to the equation, this residue can harden and become quite stubborn. It’ll be difficult to remove at that point and can cause damage. Therefore, you’ll want to clean your deck on a regular basis. When you actively prevent buildup, you’ll avoid wear and tear to your machine’s undercarriage. Not to mention the fact that you won’t have to replace belts and broken parts.

man cutting grass with an exmark push mower near water's edge

Keep Your Blade Sharp

There are many reasons to make sure your blade is always sharp and balanced. First, it’ll cut easier and produce much less engine drag. You’ll also be pleased to learn that sharp blades also result in less fuel consumption. Most importantly, sharp blades provide a cleaner and more precise cut. This isn’t always an easy task so if you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact Belgrade Sales & Service. Our staff would be happy to assist with blade sharpening.

Walker riding mower in residential neighborhood

Replace Spark Plugs

Another key component of lawn mower maintenance is replacing the spark plugs. Between extended periods of downtime and intense uptime, your machine can do a serious number on the spark plugs. It’s good practice to replace them once every year or two to maintain optimal engine performance.

Man using a Scag Stand on mower

Post-Season Storage

Last but not least, be sure to practice proper storage during the postseason. Depending on where you live, you might want to consider winterizing your machine prior to storage to prevent deterioration. You’ll need to drain out the gasoline so it doesn’t separate and break down during the offseason. This can result in a corrosive sludge at the bottom of the tank. Your other option is to use fuel stabilizer to keep the tank fresh.

Follow these tips to keep your mower in working order. If you’re still in the market for a mower or you need help with your lawn mower tune-up, visit us today! Belgrade Sales & Service is proud to serve Butte and Helena, MT.