Yes, You Need to Winterize Your Lawn Mower. Here’s How.

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Now’s the time to put your lawn mower away before the ground is covered with a foot of snow. We'll show you how!

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Three Easy Winterization Steps for Your Lawn Mower

Before your tractor hibernates for the winter, take a few minutes to winterize it to prevent springtime troubles. Here are products to have on hand for winterizing your home.

  1. Moisturize Engine. Moisture inside an unused engine leads to corrosion. ‘Fogging’ the engine—spraying an oily mist into each cylinder—prevents this. All you have to do is remove the spark plugs and blast in some aerosol fogging spray. Then reinstall the spark plugs.
  2. Full Charger Your Battery. Storing a battery that isn’t fully charged can lead to permanent damage, especially in cold weather. Connect the battery to a battery charger and charge it until you get a reading of 12.7 volts.
  3. Stabilize Your Fuel. Stored gas will slowly gum up the whole fuel system, and the repairs can be expensive. So add a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL or Seafoam to the gas tank before winter. (Adding stabilizer to your gas can year-round is also a good idea.) But remember that stabilizers aren’t effective in gas that contains ethanol. If you don’t know whether the gas contains ethanol, run the engine until the tank is empty.

Another winterization tip: Cover the air intake and exhaust openings with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep critters from homesteading in your engine over winter.

Set aside some time now to complete these simple fall maintenance tasks so you can rest easy, knowing you’re prepared.

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