If your lawn mower won't start after winter, it could very well be because you missed one of the critical steps listed below. Follow these tips to winterize your lawn mower and you're far less likely to be dealing with a lawn mower that won't start after winter ends!
In order to properly care for your mower, you need to clean it and store it for the winter.
There's a good chance that your mower's undercarriage is covered in caked-on grass, dirt and leaves after a summer's worth of lawns mowed. It's best to clean all that gunk out of there before letting it sit for an entire winter.
Use a dull chisel or some other scraping tool to remove dirt and debris from the undercarriage. If you've got some particularly stubborn dirt trapped under the mower deck, hitting it with a low-level spray from a pressure washer should loosen it up.
Old oil contains gasoline, moisture, soot and acids that can corrode internal engine components over the winter. Change the oil in your mower and run it for a few minutes to coat all the internal parts with clean oil. Make sure to use the right type of lawn mower oil for optimal performance.
Once you've cleaned your mower and changed the oil, it should be ready for storing. But what about the gas tank?
If there's still gasoline left over after you winterize your lawn mower, it could end up corroding the carburetor and clogging the fuel system. Remember to check out our tips for how to tune up a lawn mower for spring! Lawn mower manufacturers, like Honda and John Deere, recommend different ways to store their products: completely draining the gas or filling it with fresh, stabilized gasoline. Refer to your owner’s manual to learn which method is best for your particular engine.
If the owner’s manual recommends storing your lawn mower with a full tank of freshly stabilized gas, follow this procedure.
NOTE: Never add fuel stabilizer to old gas—it won’t bring it back to life. It must be added to fresh gas.2022-10-28T18:10:43Z dg43tfdfdgfd