In this Backyard Life video, rural living expert Daniel Arms is teaching his son Houston several basic, but important, lawn mower maintenance tips. Specifically, using a tune up kit he’d purchased.
But, before getting to work, the two are going to smoke some Oklahoma breakfast sausage. (For all you meat lovers, Daniel’s ingredients and cooking tips are included in this video, as well!)
Daniel discusses the five steps involved in his mower tune up:
- Oil change: Unscrew the oil reservoir nut (“lefty loosey”) and drain the oil into a catch pan. Once it’s all drained, tighten the nut back (“righty tighty”) before refilling the mower engine with fresh oil (Daniel’s Lazer Z runs 10W-40).
- Oil filter replacement: Simply remove the old filter from its housing and replace it with a new one.
- Air filter replacement: Unlatch the filter housing clips, remove the outer housing cap, remove old outer and inner filters, install new inner and outer filters, then put the housing cap back on and clamp it closed.
- Fuel filter replacement: Loosen the fuel filter hose clamps and disconnect the hoses from the old filter before removing it. Install the new fuel filter (refer to the arrow on the filter to reference the correct way to do so), and reconnect the hoses before sliding and tightening the clamps back into place.
- Spark plug replacement: Use a socket wrench to loosen and remove spark plugs, then replace with new plugs and tighten them back into place. (Daniel recommends replacing your spark plug wires while you’re at it.)
Use Daniel’s tune-up tips to give your mower equal loving this fall. By doing so, you can rest assured it’ll be in top working condition ahead of the spring green-up!