July 06 2015-Lawnmower not starting up as quickly as it should? Sounding a bit ‘congested’? It might be time for a tune up.
“Mowers are real workhorses, especially if you give them some routine maintenance,” says Joe Camilleri, Victa technical services officer. “Just like you service your car, you should give your mower some TLC. It’ll run better, last longer and burn fuel more efficiently and cleanly.
“And the good news is that most mowers are quite simple machines, so they’re easy to service. Seasonal maintenance consists largely of cleaning and lubricating. Dirt on the inside is abrasive, while dirt on the outside traps heat – and these can increase wear and shorten the life of the mower.”
To ward off costly lawn mower repairs and to get the most out of your mower all season long, follow these simple lawn mower maintenance tips and tricks:
Step 1: Change the Lawn Mower Air Filter
Change the air filter to allow the engine to ‘breathe’ properly. The air filter’s role is to suspend oil droplets within it to filter out dirt and particles. Clean air intake allows your lawn mower engine to operate at its peak potential.
Step 2: Change Your Lawn Mower Engine Oil
Most mowers these days are four stroke engines which require oil to be replaced each year, or after 25 hours of use. To remove the old oil, Victa recommends the Briggs & Stratton Oil Removal Kit. Only use four stroke engine oil (refer to engine manufacturers specifications), which can be purchased from most hardware stores or specialist mower retailers. This simple lawn mower tune up can greatly increase the longevity of your mower in the long run by lubricating and cooling the engine.
Step 3: Grease Lawn Mower Parts
Lawn mower maintenance is not complete without a generous greasing of all the hinges, wheels and moveable parts, to ensure ease of movement.
Step 4: Replace the Spark Plug
Clean or replace the spark plug and adjust the gap between the centre electrode and earth connection. Refer to your owner’s manual, or take your mower to a mower service centre to ensure the right spark plug gap measurement.
Step 5: Change Lawn Mower Blades
Worn mower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it. When your blades become blunt over time, visit a specialist mower service centre where they can replace the blades, bolts and nuts. This kind of regular lawn mower maintenance will keep your mower operating at peak performance and performing optimally.
Step 6: Give Your Fuel a Boost
Fuel becomes stale in about 30 days, making starting your engine more difficult. Get into the habit of adding a fuel treatment and stabiliser, thus extending the life of your fuel and protecting your engine.
Other Lawn Mower Maintenance Recommendations
Before starting any work on your mower, refer to your owner’s manual which provides a complete outline of all you need to know.
To ensure product warranty, use only genuine Victa or Briggs & Stratton spare parts in your mower.
“When you use genuine parts you can be safe in the knowledge that the product is designed specifically for that purpose so it will work and fit the mower perfectly,” says Joe. For peace of mind, all Victa and Briggs & Stratton products are backed and supported by dealers and the manufacturer.
If you would prefer to have a professional service your mower, check out Victa's Where to Buy page to find your local Victa Gold Dealer.
About Victa – www.victa.com.au
Victa is a renowned garden and lawn care company with a history spanning 60 years. From humble beginnings in a Concord NSW backyard where it was created in 1952, Victa has expanded to become a global exporter of lawn care products. Today, Victa is owned by the Briggs & Stratton Corporation, a world leading small engine manufacturer and major supplier of engines to Victa. The vast majority of Victa mower products continue to be assembled in Australia at the Moorebank NSW head office.