Push Mower Maintenance


A quality push mulching mower will cost several hundred dollars. This huge investment deserves the care to maintain its functionality and appearance. Routine maintenance to the mower during the winter months, before the mowing season begins and weekly sessions will keep your investment running smoothly and your lawn green.

Push Mower Maintenance

Step 1

Change the oil, air filter and spark plug at the beginning of each mowing season. Remove the existing oil from the mower with a siphon or by tipping the mower on its side with the dipstick removed. Drain the oil into a container for disposal. Change the air filter every two years. Remove the filter's cover. Replace the filter and cover. Replace the spark plug every year. Unscrew the spark plug from the mower and screw in a new one. Clean the metal end of the spark plug wire when changing the spark plug. Change or sharpen the mower blade. Remove the blade using a wrench and replace with a new blade or sharpen using a blade sharpener

Step 2

Maintain fresh gas in the mower during the mowing season. Clear debris and grass from the underside of the mower after each session. Scrape the underside of the mower with a putty knife to loosen debris and maintain a clear vent.

Step 3

Remove all gasoline from the mower before storing it for the winter. Drain the gas from the mower using a siphon or simply let the tank run dry while mowing. Store the mower indoors away from the elements for the winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always disengage the engine before placing hands near the blade.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil
  • Air filter
  • Spark plug
  • Gasoline
  • Mower blade (optional)
  • Putty knife


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