Follow our lawn mower winter storage tips to ensure your lawn mower will be ready for spring.
As summer comes to a close and the cold weather starts to settle in, it’s time to put away your lawn mower for the winter. There are a few ways to prepare for lawn mower winter storage. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can get your lawn mower ready for winter.
1. Empty the Fuel Tank
Gas left in your lawn mower through the winter can cause rust and mess with the mower’s carburetor. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and start up the mower to run the stabilizer through the fuel lines. Turn it off and let the engine cool down. Once the engine is cool, siphon excess gas into a clean container or can. Start the mower again and run it until it stops. Keep doing this until it doesn’t start and you’ve emptied the fuel lines.
2. Disconnect the Spark Plugs
Before you start really prepping for lawn mower winter storage, it’s important to disconnect the spark plugs. This prevents the lawn mower from accidentally kick-starting, which can cause serious injury.
3. Clean the Undercarriage and Mower Blade
Tip the walk-behind mower on its side. Wear thick gloves and carefully remove the mower blade. This is a great time to sharpen your lawn mower blade. Use a putty knife and wire scrub brush to remove any buildup and debris. If you leave the buildup over the winter, it can cause the mower to rust.
4. Change the Air Filter
A dirty air filter stops your lawn mower from running efficiently. If you have a paper filter, put in a new one. If you have an oil-soaked sponge filter, clean the filter with soap and water. Let it dry completely and then add some clean oil before putting it back in.
5. Store in a Dry Place
Whether you store your lawn mower in your garage or a storage shed, the storage area needs to be dry. Store your lawn mower away from corrosive materials, such as cleaners, fertilizers or other chemicals. They can ruin the lawn mower if spilled on the mower deck.