If you’re a homeowner, or if you simply care about keeping your lawn beautiful, you need to keep your mower in tip-top shape. Good lawn mower tires should last at least up to 5 years, depending on the usage. The lifespan of tires depends mainly on the material, usage, and mileage. Unfortunately, some mowers are prone to issues. However, by knowing what mower maintenance issues are common, and how to address them, you can keep your mowing tasks on schedule in the coming year:
1. Starting Issues
The most common issue homeowners experience, by far, is having trouble actually starting their lawnmowers. Especially for those that are using traditional push mowers, this can become a tricky issue to fix. If you’re looking to do the maintenance yourself, you should check the fuel, battery, gas tank, air filters, and spark plugs for issues. If you’re using a riding lawn mower, many other key parts could be the culprit for your starting issues. When you’re finding yourself completely stumped as to how to fix an issue, or what the issue even is, you should contact a local lawn mower repair service to ensure you’re getting your equipment fixed in a timely and efficient manner. Doing so will help you stay on schedule with all your important lawn care tasks in 2023.
2. Gas Use Issues
Even if your mower is running smoothly, issues can arise that are just downright frustrating (and expensive). Most infamously, some lawnmowers begin to have issues with guzzling way more gas than they’re meant to. This costs you a ton of money and is bad for the environment, so it’s important to fix this type of malfunction ASAP. Typically, air filters are to blame for gas use issues, so be sure to check if your air filter needs to be cleaned (or replaced). If you mow with an incredibly old air filter, you can cause dangerous issues with gas leaks, or even fires. To keep yourself safe, and your lawn beautiful, make sure you always take any gas leak or gas usage issues seriously. The better you take care of your lawn, the easier and more comfortable your life will become.
3. Starter Rope Issues
This issue is exclusive to push mower users but is unfortunately fairly common for those that are using old, or cheap push mowers to get their lawns cut. Electric push mowers have been especially known to have starter rope issues, where the rope is either stuck or is incredibly hard to pull. In some cases, the starter rope will work as though everything is normal, but will not successfully start the mower. To fix the issue, make sure your mower’s flywheel brake is disengaged, as safety precautions built into the mower can be what’s preventing you from (safely) starting your mower. In some cases, the blades or spark plug being obstructed or damaged can cause issues with the starter rope. If problems persist, you may have to go to a professional mower maintenance service to get your lawnmower starting correctly (and consistently) again.
4. Overheating Issues
Practically no other lawnmower maintenance issue is as generally frustrating and difficult to deal with then overheating issues. Especially if you live in a warm climate (or a super humid one), overheating issues can occur and interrupt your mowing sessions. Push mowers are especially susceptible to overheating issues, due to their smaller size, and more simply designed engines. In a lot of cases, however, simply putting your mower in a shaded, cool spot, and allowing it to cool down will fix your overheating issues. In other cases, however, you may have an issue with your mower’s cooling fans, and air filters, or with clumps of grass being stuck in your mower’s blade systems. Overheating issues can be much more dangerous with riding mowers, due to their increased power, so be extra careful when maintaining a riding lawn mower for any overheating issues. By keeping your lawn tidy, you boost your home equity and make your home more attractive.
5. Blade Cutting Issues
When you get down to brass tax, no other part of your lawnmower is as crucial to its functionality and effectiveness as its blades. If your blades are not spinning at the correct speed, if they are cutting grass unevenly, or if they are bouncing around and hitting things, you are going to run into some serious trouble. If you fail to pull grass out of your mower’s blades from time to time (for push mowers that is), you can find your blades becoming frustratingly obstructed as well. Keeping your blades sharp, even, and properly set is key to both beautifully mowing a lawn and keeping yourself safe. If your blades are not in good shape, you should not try to mow with them until you fix the issue, or until you have a pro fix the issue. Otherwise, you could be harmed by the blades throwing debris at you, or you could severely damage your mower’s interior due to using dull or uneven blades. This type of damage can easily cause enough damage to effectively “total” your lawn mower, after all.
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