A 5-step guide to storing your mower for winter

It’s officially Fall, and it’s almost time for that last mow and storing the mower away until Spring. But slow your self-propelled roll. To prevent lawn mower issues and hard starting when warm weather returns, make sure to follow this five-step winterizing guide:

  1. Freshen up your fuel

    If your fuel tank still has gasoline in it, run it dry if you can do so safely outdoors. If you leave the gas in the tank, add fresh gasoline, along with a fuel stabilizer. The treatment and stabilizer prevents the gas from going stale and degrading during winter, an issue that causes corrosion. Stale gas also clogs an engine’s carburetor, making it next to impossible to start and can lead to expensive repairs.

  2. Change the oil

    If you neglected to change your mower’s engine oil all season, don’t skip it this time. A quick oil change prior to tucking your mower away will pay dividends come Spring. It’s important to clean the season’s worth of debris and dirt out of your engine’s oil so it lubricates properly for an easy start next season. Want to speed up the process? Try an oil extractor.

  3. Clean out the gunk

    Use a pressure washer or hose to spray away old grass and dirt that’s built up in your lawn mower deck and blades. If you let it sit all winter, that gunk builds up, impeding your mower blade and ruining the quality of cut. Here’s quick tutorial to clean equipment.

  4. Store your mower properly

    One common problem, especially with riding mowers is improper storage location. Keep mowers in a cool, dry place removed from outdoor elements and critters that can find space in the nooks and crannies and clog engine components with debris and nests. To reduce the chance of infestation and wear from weather, cover it with a tarp. If you need more garage space, you may want to check out the Mow N’ Stow® folding gas-powered lawn mower technology.

  5. Remove the battery
    If your lawn mower has a battery, now is the time to remove it and clean the terminals. If it’s still good, store the battery in a cool, dry place. Outdoor storage and extreme temperatures can cause corrosion of both the battery and the terminals.

  6. Still have questions? Be sure to consult your operator’s manual or our Answer Center.

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