Now is the perfect time to tune-up your mower.
WITH Spring being the traditional lead-in to the heavy mowing season, now is the perfect time to give your mower its annual tune-up.
Experts say this vital yet simple piece of maintenance will help ensure that your machine continues to perform at its best. Leading garden and lawn care company, Victa, outlines how.
Even if you have very little mechanical experience, tuning up your lawn mower is easy.
"It's easy to tune up your lawn mower," says Joe Camilleri, Victa's technical services officer.
Just follow these six steps.
Change the air filter
With air filters routinely becoming clogged with oil and debris, replacing it before each mowing season will help protect the mower's engine and ensure it runs optimally. Think of it as allowing the engine to breathe properly.
Change the oil
With most contemporary mowers utilising four-stroke engines, oil needs to be replaced each year or after 25-hours of use. To remove the old oil, Victa recommend the Briggs & Stratton Oil Removal Kit. Only use four-stroke engine oil (refer to engine manufacturers specifications), which can be purchased from most hardware stores or specialist mower retailers. Oil is critical for lubricating and cooling the engine.
Remember: Don't pour the used oil into the rubbish bin or down the drain. Many auto body shops will dispose of used motor oil, possibly for a small fee.
Grease mower parts
This is to ensure ease of operation for your vital mower components, such as hinges, wheels and all other moveable parts.
Replace the spark plug
This is one of the easiest ways to guarantee easy mower starts. Because spark plugs are pre-gapped, all you need to do is remove the old spark plug and replace it with a new one. Aim to do this at the beginning of every mowing season.
Change the mower blades
Worn mower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it. When your blades become blunt, visit a specialist mower service centre and have the blades, bolts and nuts replaced.
Give your fuel a boost
Fuel becomes stale in about 30 days, making your engine more difficult to start. Get into the habit of adding a fuel treatment and stabiliser, which will extend the life of your fuel and protect your engine.
If you would prefer to have a professional service your mower, check out victa.com.au to find your local Victa dealer.