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Old 03-30-06, 08:37 AM   #1
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Lawn mower tuneup?

Okay, it's that time of year again! Blah. I've gone three summers without doing a thing to my lawn mower. Doesn't sound very smart, eh? I'm thinking of taking the mower in for a professional tuneup, but if all I need to do is change the spark plug, air filter and oil then maybe I'll try it myself.

Anything else I should do to make Mr. Mower feel better?
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Old 03-30-06, 08:49 AM   #2
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Sharpen the blades.
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Old 03-30-06, 08:55 AM   #3
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I would just make sure the oil levels are good, that there's a full tank of gas, and the blades are sharpened.

Is it a riding mower? or a push mower?
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Old 03-30-06, 08:59 AM   #4
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I usually change the air filter and oil every spring. THis will be my 4th season on the same plug. I was going to get a new one last year but could never find the right one.

Oh yeah, and sharpen the baldes (I try to do at least twice a season if not more)
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Old 03-30-06, 10:08 AM   #5
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Push mower (Murray with Briggs & Sratton engine). I bought it used from a friend for a cheapo price and I think that's why I'm not as inclined to take care of it like I should.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try and do this myself including sharpening the blades.
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Old 03-30-06, 10:47 AM   #6
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I'm assuming, based on the instructions that came with my mower, that people in areas that have seasons actually store their mowers in the winter. Did you drain the gas before storing, because if not, you may need to use a carborator cleaner on it. I'm in SoCal where we mow all year round and I've still had problems where the gas sat a bit too long and I had problems.

Otherwise, I'd say it sounds like you're on the right track
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Old 03-30-06, 12:20 PM   #7
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I have a big ol' riding mower and all I do is sharpen the blades, top up the oil, inspect the air filter, and go. I put in some STA-BIL at the end of the season before the last mow and it's good to go for the winter. I usually have to hook the battery up to the trickle charger the night before the season's first mow. I'd only worry about spark plug and such if it started having problems. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Old 03-30-06, 12:42 PM   #8
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I've had the same Craftsman mower for six years now. It still has the original oil and plug it came with in it. I store it in an outdoor shed freezing all winter leaving the same old crappy gas in it. It always starts right up every spring.
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Old 03-30-06, 12:56 PM   #9
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when i was in the army i had to buy the gas to mow the grass. one time i bought premium as a joke, and the mower worked a lot better than before.
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