Four steps to winterize your lawn equipment.
Winter is right around the corner and if you want to avoid dragging your equipment into a repair shop and waiting for repairs at peak season in spring, here are a few suggestions.
At our repair shop gasoline problems are 80 percent of our repairs.We have countless people come in and say “I don’t understand, when I stored it this winter it ran fine”. What some of us don’t know is that gasoline only has a 30 day shelf life. It starts accumulating moisture which in turn clogs up your carburetor. So here our my four suggestions to help maintain your equipment over the winter.
- Add a stabilizer in the fuel. Let the equipment run for 5 minutes. Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle. Some stabilizers will help keep gas good for up to 3 years.
2.Change the oil. You don’t want to let that old burnt oil stay in the engine all winter long. Changing the oil will lubricate and coat the engine with fresh oil that contains rust inhibitors, which will help extend the life of the engine and your mower. You should change the oil filter in your engine,if necessary.
- It wouldn’t hurt to give the mower a good cleaning and lube all unpainted parts with a rust inhibitor, like rust oleum.
- Finally, take the negative cable off the battery or take out the battery and store it in a safe place out of the weather.
Most lawn equipment repair places run specials on winterizing and provide pick up and delivery.
Kyann Bennett is a certified Master Technician with Briggs and Stratton, certified Kohler Expert and a Honda Engine certified technician. She is the Manger of Unique Mower & More Inc., 3400 Old Hickory Blvd. in Old Hickory,615-847-5005