Extend The Life Of Your Lawn Mower

Whatever kind of lawn mower you have, proper maintenance should help keep it going a decade or more. Consumer Reports, working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change, offers the most common ways to have your machine humming. Gasoline degrades and gums up over time. Ethanol in the gas can compound the problem by degrading rubber and plastic parts and coating linkages. • Add stabilizer, particularly one designed for ethanol, to gas before fueling. • Siphon extra fuel out of a walk mower, and run it dry at the end of the season. • For a tractor or rider, either run it dry or top off the gas tank so that there’s no room for condensation — but be sure to add stabilizer to gas first. CHANGE THE OIL Using sufficient, clean oil is what keeps your mower or tractor engine from overheating and failing prematurely, Consumer...

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