Lawnmowers are one of the most important pieces of equipment for maintaining a garden landscape, and are essential for keeping your lawn neat, tidy and looking fresh. Renowned for breaking over time, a lawnmower’s life span can be short lived due to the lack of upkeep and rust build up. Find out how to service a lawnmower in our guide below.
Issue 1: If you find it hard to pull the starter rope
Issues with the starter rope typically occur when the lawnmower’s engine flywheel brake is engaged. This is the bar that is held down on the mower’s handle and stops the engine when it is released. A potential way to rectify this problem is, before pulling the rope, bring the engine flywheel brake bar all the way down.
Another reason why this issue may occur could be due to the mower blades being clogged with a high volume of grass clippings. If you think this could be the cause of the problem, then the best advice is to move your lawnmower over to a hard surface. With your mower turned off and the wire of the spark plug disengaged, start clearing the underside of the mower and remove all excessive grass clippings. Once this has been done, it’s important to test the starter rope to see if this has resolved the issue.
Issue 2: If your lawnmower won’t start
Old gas can sometimes be the reason behind your struggle to start your lawnmower, so a quick solution for this can be to fill up your lawnmower’s engine with fresh gas. If you’ve tried this, and there’s no improvement, it could also be possible that the spark plug is disconnected, dirty, or simply loose, which are similarly as easy an issue to resolve.
If all those options haven’t fixed your lawnmower, a final resort can be to replace the air filter, as this may have become dirty after long periods of wear and tear. If this is the case, all you would need to do is simply clean and replace the filter.
Issue 3: If you lose power while mowing
If you regularly experience this issue, then you should firstly consider the air filter. A dirty air filter can cause you to lose power and will need to be cleaned. If you have already tried this, then alternatively your spark plug may be dirty.
If you’ve tried cleaning the spark plug, there’s also a possibility that the underside of your mower may be clogged with excessive grass or debris.
Still stuck for a solution? Then there’s also a chance that your lawnmower’s blades may be loose, bent, or have become dull over time. Alternatively, if you’re used to cutting tall grass, why not try raising the cutting height option on your mower, as this can also be a quick resolution to this issue.
Issue 4: If your lawnmower has rusted
It is quite common for different components of your mower to become rusted over time. To service your lawnmower, remove rust and protect from future rust, why not try some WD-40®? Give your lawnmower components weekly maintenance with the help of the handy WD-40® Multi Use Product and remove rust or prevent it from occurring.
So, there you have it, now that you know how to service a lawnmower that could ensure a longer life for your mower.