Tips for tuning up your lawn mower 

by Raymond Archambault

When you keep attempting to start your mower and the machine just doesn’t work, it might be irritating.  If this occurs on a regular basis, it may be time to get your mower serviced. 

Instead of pushing through until the mower starts working again, you can follow these three simple tune-up instructions and see your lawn trimmer perform like new once more. 

For a well-maintained lawn, frequent mower maintenance is a necessary cost you must bear if you want to avoid expensive repairs.

Even if you can get the mower serviced, wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to perform the maintenance yourself? If you opt to do it yourself, here’s a tutorial to get you started. 

When it comes to repairing a lawnmower, there are just three essential steps.

Step one requires changing the oil, and step two involves replacing the spark plug while step three needs cleaning or replacing the air filter. 

There are many more duties involved in maintaining a lawn mower than simply tuning up your trimmer. 

You should warm up the mower’s engine before you begin these maintenance procedures. You simply need to add a small amount of gasoline to the tank. 

Let the mower run for as long as it takes to run out of gasoline. Afterwards, disconnect the spark plug wire for your own protection. 

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Start with an Oil Change

  1. Make sure you’re purchasing the proper kind of oil. Owner’s manuals or the vendor from whom you bought the equipment can help you choose what kind of oil to use.
  2. The oil tank’s top should be cleaned with an old toothbrush or a clean towel. Remove the dipstick, if your mower has one, by unscrewing it.
  3. It’s time to locate the plug located on the bottom of your mower at this stage.  To remove the existing oil from your trimmer, just unscrew the cap on this end. Before you can get to the plug, you’ll need to prop up the mower with blocks. In order to catch any oil that spills out of the plug, place a container beneath it. Unscrew the screws now. It is possible for the oil to spray onto your clothing when it gushes. Make sure that you are not dressed in your finest attire when doing this task.
  4. Screw the plug back in place in counter-clockwise direction. If you screw it in too tight, you’ll have to undo all of your hard work later on. To be safe, you can check the plug every now and again when you first use the machine to make sure it hasn’t loosened.
  5. Replace the oil filter if it was included with your mower. Also, make sure to clean the gasket of any debris.
  6. Remove the cinder blocks from under the mower.
  7. Replace the cap and dipstick once you’ve added the right amount of fresh oil to the tank.
  8. Connect the spark plug wire to your lawnmower’s gasoline tank and start it up.
  9. Look for any oil leaks when the machine is running.

Move Over to the Spark Plug

  1. To begin, remove the spark plug wire from the engine.
  2. Remove all the dust and grime that has accumulated around your previous spark plug.
  3. Use a socket wrench to remove the old spark plug.
  4. Consult your guidebook before continuing. Make sure the replacement spark plug you ordered is gapped appropriately for your mower before you install it. Check the specifications in your owner’s handbook and determine whether your spark plug gap matches. If the gap doesn’t match, you may need to adjust it.
  5. Make sure you don’t overtighten the new spark plug when you put it in.

 Swapping Out Paper Air Filters

  1. Make sure you know what kind of air filter your lawnmower has. There are two types of filters available: Foam and Paper. Paper filters must be replaced because they can’t be washed like foam filters.
  2. Remove the paper filter by loosening the filter lid screw.
  3. Make sure the pleat area is facing out when installing a new paper air filter in place of the old one.
  4. The lid should be put back in place.

 Swapping Out Foam Air Filters

  1. Take off the lid.
  2. Remove the foam from the air filter unit.
  3. The filter should be cleaned with kerosene to remove any residue.
  4. Put the foam you just bought in some new motor oil and let it soak for a while. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess oil from the foam.
  5. Replace the old foam in the air filter with the new. Ensure that the lip extends over the border of the unit.
  6. The lid should be reinstalled.
  7. Reattach the spark plug wire.

It’s no secret that these jobs might be a bit of a challenge at times. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining your vehicle, you could hire a professional to handle it for you. Alternatively, you could replace your gas-powered mower with a rechargeable one.

For those who own a string trimmer and want to learn how to tune it, the following sections are for you.

Tuning String Trimmers and Choosing the Right Fuel

In order to keep a lawn nice and tidy, a string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker or weed eater, can be used. Trimming grass and edging weeds is a snap with this tool.

Like any other piece of machinery, string trimmers require regular upkeep. Are you preparing for the first round of cuts this year? Use these suggestions to get your trimmer ready.


Tune-Up Tips for Gas String Trimmer


Change the Spark Plugs and Air Filters:

You must make sure the machine’s engine is off before attempting to remove the old air filter and spark plug. If you replace these two parts with new ones, your machine will function more smoothly and efficiently.


Choosing the Right Fuel:

Using the wrong oil might cause serious harm to the machine’s working parts. Today, many gas stations offer ethanol fuel mixes that are higher than E10. String trimmers, leaf blowers, and other tiny engines will not benefit from these oil mixtures. They’re capable of doing a lot of damage to them. As a result, you should steer clear of these oils.


Replace the String If Needed:

One way to tell whether your trimmer needs fresh line is to look at the reel and see if there’s any room for a new piece of string. It’s also possible to replace the spool with a new one.

Remove the spool cap first, regardless of your preference. Using a clean towel, wipe off the outer and inner spools and the driveshaft.

If you’re replacing an old spool with a new one, measure a 50-foot-long line. The two ends of the line should be inserted into the holes on the inner spool of the reel. Then, using a repeating pattern, wind the line firmly around the reel. Then, tuck the string’s ends within the notches you just made.

Draw out a line from each hole in the outer spool to re-insert the outer spool into the machine. Once you’ve finished, put the cap back on.


Make Sure You Have the Correct Line:

Not all string types are compatible with all string trimmers, so make sure you use the correct line. Choosing the appropriate string for your trimmer is essential. The user’s guide should provide information on how to select the proper line. To see whether you can uncover any relevant information there, bring a sample from your trimmer to the market with you.


Using String Trimmers Safely

Once your strimmer is in working order, you must be excited to watch it perform. However, it’s crucial to remember that safety is paramount. So, before you turn on your string trimmer, take these safety considerations into consideration.

  1. To get the most out of your new gadget, spend some time reading the manuals. This allows you to become more familiar with your machine’s safety features and operation instructions.
  2. Wearing the right attire while operating a string trimmer is essential for safety reasons. Wear eye and ear protection, hand gloves, tight-fitting clothing, and toe-protected boots to keep you safe.
  3. Clear the area where you’ll be working of debris such as sticks, cans, pebbles, and the like. The area should be kept clear of youngsters and pets.
  4. You’ll need a lot of endurance to wield a string trimmer. Be careful to maintain a firm grip on the machine’s handles with your hands tightly clenched. Stay away from sloppy places when stretching or working.
  5. When cutting, keep the machine far away from your body. The machine will not be able to hurl debris in your direction if this is done.

Wrapping Up

It is not prohibitively expensive to hire a professional to perform a mower tune-up on your behalf. However, doing things yourself is always less expensive, regardless of how affordable the service is.

It’s possible that you won’t have an option if you don’t have time to achieve such a job. In either case, regular maintenance is essential if you want your mower to perform at its best.



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