Main­tain mow­ers

Petrol mower care

Gardeners' World - - What To Do Now -

A mower needs reg­u­lar main­te­nance to keep it in top con­di­tion – par­tic­u­larly when us­ing it in win­ter’s damp con­di­tions. Clean­ing off all the grass de­bris will pre­vent rust­ing and it’s worth giv­ing fur­ther pro­tec­tion by spray­ing a lu­bri­cant over the mov­ing parts, par­tic­u­larly to stop the blade mech­a­nism seiz­ing up. Give the spark plug a clean to make start­ing the en­gine trou­ble free.

1 RE­MOVE the spark plug so the en­gine doesn’t start while you are work­ing on it by dis­con­nect­ing the lead.

2 USE a wire brush to lift all the bits of grass off the mower blades. Go over the cas­ing and wheels too, to get rid of de­bris.

3 PULL the dip­stick out and see if the en­gine has enough oil. Do this af­ter the mower’s been up­right for a few min­utes.

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