Next you will change the oil. To lower oil viscosity and get it moving freely run the engine for a few minutes. Now shut the engine off and roll the mower onto a piece of cardboard or drop cloth. Close the fuel line (if your mower has one) and unhook the spark plug as before. Find the oil filler tube and remove its cap. Often the cap also functions as a dipstick.
Get out there and mow Now that you have done all that your mower should be ready to tackle the season in stride. It should run smoother and more safely too. Even better you have just saved the $200 to $300 fee it typically costs at least in my neck of the woods to have your lawn mower serviced professionally. So go on and get out there. That high grass needs cutting.
Lawn mowers are tough. Like any machine though they need regular maintenance to run their best. Worse neglect can cause a mower to fail completely. So before the summer mowing season really kicks into high gear prep your mower right. From cleaning it to changing the oil to sharpening and balancing its blades this guide lays out steps to get your mower and your garden in tip-top shape.