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Watch the video and follow the notes for step-by-step instructions on how to maintain a riding lawn mower in top condition all year long.
After a season of mowing, perform these steps before storing your lawn mower for winter.
Remove the oil fill cap and open the cap on the drain valve.
Slide the manufacturer's drain tube onto the valve, if supplied.
Many mowers have different valve mechanisms. Open the valve and drain the oil into the used-oil container.
Once the oil has drained, close the valve and recap the port.
Then remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench and add a new one.
Add the manufacturer's recommended oil.
Wipe up any excess oil with a shop rag.
Reattach the mower deck according to the owner's manual.
Pour fuel stabilizer in a gas can, then fill the gas can with gas following the stabilizer directions.
Fill the tank on the mower with the treated gas. A full gas tank is less of a fire hazard than an empty one.
Change the fuel filter according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Lubricate any moving parts on the mower with the manufacturer's lubricant.
Avoid getting any oil or grease on the nylon bearings. The grease may attract dust that will damage the bearings.
Paper filters will need to be replaced.
Pre-cleaners on air filters should be changed, too. Some manufacturers require a light coating of engine oil to help filter out dust and debris.