It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The smoke and sizzle of a backyard barbecue.  The combination of coconut oil and citronella.  And the oh-so-fresh sweetness of freshly cut grass.  I love summer.

We all have our rites of summer, whether it’s planting a rainbow in the flower garden, having yards of mulch delivered to your driveway, or simply powering up the tools and equipment that will help you get your outdoor work done.  Certainly one of the most valuable pieces of equipment every homeowner relies on is a walk-behind mower.

Engine maintenance is top-of-mind in my household, and one of the first things I do at the beginning of the season is tune up my walk behind mower.  In under 15 minutes, and (depending upon your engine), for under fifteen bucks , tuning up my mower ensures I am maintaining good engine health.

Even before you begin, you’ll want to run your mower out of gas, and disconnect the spark plug wire, to ensure your safety while you tune up your mower.  Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to complete the four steps to turning up your mower.

The first step is to change the air filter.  To make my own life simpler, I prefer to buy our all-inclusive Maintenance Kit—for me, it’s the Briggs & Stratton Quantum maintenance kit.  It comes with everything I need to tune up my mower, including the appropriate air filter, spark plug, bottle of oil, and advanced formula fuel treatment.

Lawn Mower Tune Up in 4 Easy Steps


Step 1:  Briggs & Stratton engines use one of three types of air filters: foam, paper, and a combination of foam and paper. Click on the type of filter you have for how-tos on making the switch.


Step 2: Change the oil. I perform a tune up every spring, and then also change my oil after roughly 25 hours of use in a heavy mowing season. If you don’t purchase a maintenance kit, you can also purchase oil separately through our online store,or through participating dealers and retailers.


Step 3: Change the spark plug. Changing your spark plug is one of the easiest ways to promote easy starting for your lawn mower. To enjoy this perk and avoid stalled-start frustration, replace the spark plug every season. Spark plugs are pre-gapped, so all you need to do is remove the old spark plug and replace it with the new one.


Step 4. Gasoline goes stale in about 30 days, making starting your engine more difficult. Plus, over 90% of gasoline in the United States includes up to 10% ethanol.  And ethanol attracts moisture, which is bad for all gasoline-powered engines.  One way to prevent the damage ethanol-blended gas can cause is to add Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment and Stabilizer. This five-in-one formula combines triple antioxidants, a corrosion inhibitor and a detergent – it’s like vitamins for your gasoline – a sure way to maintain good engine health and protect your equipment.

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