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Lawn and Garden Tractor Riding Mower Winterizing and Winter Storage

Time to Winterize

Perform some simple seasonal storage and start-up maintenance in the spring, fall or whenever you store your equipment for prolonged periods of time. Use our handy equipment storage checklist to help you store your equipment properly.

Equipment Storage Checklist:

Top off the fuel tank before storing. Filling the tank helps prevent moisture from condensing in your fuel tank, and stops rust and scale before it starts. Before you fill up, add fuel stabilizer to the fuel.* Then, run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the additive through the carburetor. The fuel stabilizer will help prevent gum from forming in the fuel system or on essential carburetor parts.  We recommend a stabilizer that is especially formulated to treat fuel with ethanol.  ProGreen Plus has Stabil optimized for gasoline containing ethanol in stock for only $9.99 per bottle.  We also carry Startron stabilizer for gasoline with ethanol for only $7.99 per bottle.

While the engine is still warm, change the oil and the oil filter (if equipped).  Don’t store your mower with the old oil in it all winter.  All of the dirt and grime in the oil will settle in the bottom of the engine…nasty stuff.

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal on units “(if equipped)”. Remove the battery. Your battery should be stored in a cool, dry place. Clean the battery terminals using terminal cleaner, and coat all terminals with terminal protector.

Cleaning Your Equipment
Don’t store your engine dirty. Clean the engine surface of debris, chaff or grass. With the spark plug lead removed from the engine, use a garden hose to wash away any residual grass clippings. Once the majority of the grass clippings have been removed, it will be easier to identify a clump of grass that may be interfering with blade motion. Using a wooden stick or other implement other than your hands and feet, remove the offending material and wash the deck thoroughly.

* Note: if you choose not to use the fuel stabilizer, or if the engine is using fuel containing alcohol, such as gasohol, remove all fuel from the tank and run the engine until it stops from lack of fuel.

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