How to Winterize Your Lawnmower for the Cold Climate Areas
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How to Winterize Your Lawnmower for the Cold Climate Areas

Wintering and storing your lawnmower can cost you a few minutes now, and save you a lot of money later.

Winterizing your lawnmower can take just a little bit of time, and potentially save you quite a few dollars in the process. A properly maintained lawnmower will last many years and give you faithful service and utilizing these tips will help you get there. First, make sure to drain all fluids from your mower (gas and oil). Drain the gasoline first, so that you can start the mower and let the little bit left in the line run out before you drain the oil. Be sure to use a safe container for these fluids so as not to contaminate the soil or groundwater in your area. Under no circumstances should you simply pour these fluids into a sewer or drain.

Once you've made it this far, your next step is to take the spark plug out (if so equipped) and inspect it for wear. You'll also want to squirt a small amount oil in the hole the spark plug just came out of, then pull on the starting rope so that the entire crankshaft area is well lubricated. Replace the spark plug. Flip the mower onto its side and check the bottom for pieces of dirt or grass that may have lodged under the mower. Take care to look at the areas under the mower for rust so that you can use a wire brush or steel wool to scrape that off, and apply some WD-40 or similar type lube to inhibit the rust. You'll also want to take the blade off and sharpen it, or take it to a professional blade sharpening person.

After you've got the underside taken care of, your next step will be to change or clean your air filter (if so equipped) as well as an oil filter (few mowers have an oil filter these days). Refill your oil to the correct level, but do not put gasoline in it till next spring when you're ready to mow. If your tires are air filled instead of being solid type, make sure you have proper inflation on each tire.

Lastly, once all the other steps are completed, you are now ready to store your mower for the long, cold winter. If you're able to place the mower on small wooden blocks off the ground will help to keep it from freezing up over the winter, as well as placing a small tarp over the mower engine will help to protect from winter's ravages.

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