Utah’s once blistering hot summer days have slowly transitioned into blistery cold days. With this change comes the annual task of storing your lawnmower until next spring. Here’s how to effectively store your lawnmower so that it will be in good working condition next year:
1. Clean the mower.
First, remove all leaves and debris from the mower. Be sure to remove the spark plug lead wire from the plug before doing this, or tape it out of the way. For safety reasons, never use your hands to do this–instead use a broom or brush.
2. Empty the gas tank.
If you leave gas in the tank for the winter, it will get stale and create rust. The professionals over at This Old House recommend doing the following:
“First, add fuel stabilizer to the tank, then run the mower to distribute it through the system. Turn the mower off and allow the engine to cool, then siphon excess gas into a clean can. (You can put this gas in your car, provided it hasn’t been mixed with oil.) Restart the mower and run it until it stops; repeat until the engine no longer starts and the fuel lines are empty.”
3. Remove the battery
Remove the battery from your mower and store it in a cool, dry place, away from gas cans, the water heater and furnace. Start by removing the negative battery cable from the battery. Wipe it clean with a dry cloth. Clean the battery terminal with battery cleaner.
4. Store mower in a dry place
It’s important to store your mower in a dry, protected place, such as a garage or shed. Be careful never to store it next to a water heater or furnace.