Tips for Operating Your Lawn Equipment in Ogden, UT After Winter

April 4, 2018

After your lawn equipment has sat in storage and cold weather for several months, it can take a little bit of work to get it back up and running smoothly again. However, even equipment that has been exposed to subzero temperatures or has not been winterized properly can still work exactly as it’s supposed to if you take the time to tune it up properly.

Here are some steps you can take to get your lawn equipment in Ogden, UT operating properly again after a long offseason:

  • Replace all spark plugs: If you’re having a hard time getting your power equipment to start up, the problem could lie with the spark plugs. Remove the plugs and clean the electrodes first with a wire brush, then reinstall them. If that doesn’t work, you should replace the spark plug with a new one, making sure to follow the instructions in your equipment’s operating manual to ensure you get the proper replacement part.
  • Remove any remaining fuel: As a general rule, you should drain fuel from your equipment at the end of the season when you know you’re no longer going to be using it. But if you did not do that, you should drain stale fuel from the equipment before use, unless you added a fuel stabilizer before putting it away for storage. Add fresh gasoline before starting up the machine.
  • Sharpen blades: If you’re specifically focused on getting your lawn mower up and running, you should take some time to either sharpen the blades yourself or have a professional lawn mower technician sharpen them for you. If you have a blade that has been dented or bent beyond reasonable repair, replace the blade altogether.
  • Add fresh oil: Changing your oil is an important step to get your engine running smoothly from the get-go in the new season. If you decided to change your oil before storing it away for the winter, make sure that the oil is still safe to operate.
  • Look for signs of wear and tear: Give all of your lawn equipment a visual inspection to look for any potential signs of wear and tear, such as holes, rust, dents, damage, broken or loose wheels or parts or anything else you might need to repair or replace before you start using the equipment for the season. It’s better to identify these issues before using the equipment than to be surprised by them in the middle of cutting your lawn or pressure washing your driveway.
  • Change air filters: Changing filters in lawn equipment is a great way to improve their performance and general fuel efficiency. Look for any debris inside the equipment that might be blocking airflow. This is especially important for riding mowers—rodents often like to build nests at various places inside the machine during the winter months.

Are you looking for more tips to help you get your lawn equipment in Ogden, UT up and running for the season? Contact us today!

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