How To Store Gas Lawn Mower For Winter? Our Guide Here

Written By James
Updated July 26, 2021 by James

How To Store Gas Lawn Mower For Winter? Our Guide Here

Gas-powered lawn mowers are pretty easy to use, but the colder months can still be a challenge.

They can freeze up in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and damaged due to cold weather.

To avoid these problems, you can store them properly for the winter. (Just don't forget to take them out when the snow melts!)

How to Winterize a Lawn Mower

Here are some helpful tips and recommendations for how to winterize a lawn mower and keep it running smoothly in winter.

First, winterizing a lawn mower is easy and only takes a few minutes of your time.

Next, you'll need to prepare your mower for the off-season by performing a few tasks.

Then, you will need to store your mower in a dry location, where it won't be damaged by weather or rodents.

Finally, before you use your mower in spring, you will need to clean and polish it to make sure it's in the best shape for the season.

Storing your gas mower for the off-season is to put it away dry. Before you put your mower away for the winter, you need to drain the gas tank and remove any fuel left in the carburetor.  

Next, you should check the oil level, and finally remove the spark plug to prevent the engine from accidentally starting.

Empty the Gas Tank

When the temperature drops and the leaves start to fall, it’s time to gather up your lawn mower and give it a good cleaning before you put it away for the winter.

This is a simple process that can help extend the life of your mower, spare you some hassles next spring, and give you a little extra time to enjoy your lawn before the end of the season.

No matter the season, things can always break. And when winter rolls around, your lawn mower may be the first victim. Over time, gas can become stale and leave your mower with power issues and even damage the engine.

Not only that, but gas can also freeze, leaving you with a broken mower. While it might seem like a lot of work, winterizing your lawn mower is relatively simple.

Disconnect the Spark Plug

Winter is here, and with it comes the time to put away your lawn mower and other yard equipment for the season. Before you put your mower away for the winter, there are a few things you need to do.

First, you should disconnect the spark plug to help prevent corrosion. This is a must if you live in an area that receives regular snowfall, but is not needed in areas that receive less.

How to Winterize a Lawn Mower This is a process that is required to be done for all gasoline operated lawnmowers in the winter cold months, which I would have to assume is the majority of the year in many geographic locations, especially northern ones.

This step is commonly done as soon as the lawnmower is put into storage for the winter months in order to make sure that the engine is not damaged by any latent gases that may be left in the cylinder.

Change the Air Filter

If you have a lawn mower, you have probably had to replace the air filter. But how often do you need to change the air filter on your lawnmower? It's a good idea to check the air filter monthly.

If you have a small, lightweight mower, you may be able to check the air filter without removing it from the mower. For larger mowers, you may have to remove the air filter to check it.

When winter comes, you don’t want the weather to be the reason why you can’t get your grass cut. A clean air filter and proper winter storage are the two most important things to do to ensure your mower will be ready to go when it’s time to mow season.

Replace the Spark Plug

In colder weather, it's important to take steps to prevent damage to your outdoor power equipment. That means preparing your lawn mower for winter, before snow is even on the ground.

You can start by removing the gas and oil from the tank, and draining the oil from the mower's crankcase. Then, you'll want to remove the spark plug and add a spark plug protector to the plug, which will help prevent moisture damage during this time of year.

If you've pulled your riding lawn mower out of storage for the season, it's time to winterize it to prepare it for the coming months of inactivity. (If you don't store your mower in a garage or shed, you can skip these steps.)

If you have a small, gas-powered push mower, you can winterize it in an afternoon. This process will help to prevent corrosion and rusting of the metal parts, as well as ensuring that the engine will crank over with ease when you're ready to use it again.

Clean Equipment Before Storing

The best time to clean your lawn equipment is before storing it for the winter, when it’s at its cleanest.

Winterizing your lawn equipment involves a number of steps, including carefully cleaning and drying the exterior and all of the attachments, and then lubricating all of the moving parts.

Doing so ensures that your equipment will start up on the first pull next spring, and will minimize potential damage that can be caused when your lawn equipment sits outside through the winter.

Clean the mower deck

While a lawn mower can run for years with very little maintenance outside of oil and filter changes, a good maintenance session will ensure that you have a machine that is running smoothly for many more seasons of mowing.

This can be accomplished in an afternoon, with the right tools.

Maintaining a healthy lawn does not have to be a chore. Keeping your lawn healthy is not all that difficult, and it can be accomplished without spending a lot of time and energy.

One of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy lawn is to keep your lawnmower in good working order.

Cleaning the mower deck is one way to do this. Removing the buildup of grass clippings and other debris that has built up can make the mower more efficient.

Last Words

Most homeowners know to winterize their homes, but what about their outdoor power equipment? If you don't want to be stuck without a mower come spring, it's important to winterize your lawn mower in the fall. Mowing season can be very short, especially in cold climates, so it's important to keep your mower in tip-top shape.

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My father, and his father before him, and his father; for the past 3 generations, my family have always been into gardening. The green fingers is a gift passed down to me and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also have worked in the manufacturing department for Bosch and DeWalt so I like to think I know a thing or two about tools and such!
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