As soon as you fork over your money for a riding mower, the first thing that usually goes through your mind is, “Glad I don’t do this very often.” With that in mind, you’ll want to keep that mower in working condition for a long, long time. The only way to do that is to maintain it properly. Which isn’t hard to do, it just takes a little work and to keep your maintenance on schedule.
Just like you do an automobile, you’ll want to keep all the moving parts lubricated, change the air filter, replace the spark plugs. And that’s what we’re going to do today so get ready.
To Tune Up A Riding Mower, You’ll Need The Following
1. Drop cloth
2. Work gloves
3. A wrench to remove the battery cable
4. A cleaning brush
5. A spray lubricant
6. An air filter
7. A socket wrench
8. Spark plugs
Read the manufacturers instructions carefully. Make sure you have maximum ventilation in the area you’ll be working on and put the riding mower on a drop cloth.
Easily Tune Up A Riding Mower
1. Put on your gloves
2. Raise the hood
3. Brush off any loose debris with the cleaning brush
4. Disconnect the battery by removing the black cable first then remove the red cable.
5. Lubricate all the small moving parts with your manufacturers recommended lubricant.
Changing the Air Filter
1. If your air filter is paper, it will have to be replaced with a new filter
2. If your air filter has a pre-cleaner, it needs to be replaced every season as well.
3. Some pre-cleaner’s require a light coating of engine oil to filter out dust and debris.
Check your manufacturer’s instructions on the pre-cleaner care
Replacing The Spark Plugs
1. Using a socket wrench, replace the spark plugs. If you are unsure of where the spark plugs are, go to minute 1:54 on the video above.
Reconnect the Battery.
1. First connect the red (positive) cable
2. Then connect the black (negative) cable.