Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing your zero-turn lawn mower for the cold months ahead. Winterization ensures your mower will be in top shape when spring rolls around. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this quick guide to winterizing your zero-turn mower.
Why Winterize Your Zero-Turn Mower?
As the temperature drops, you should take care of your zero-turn mower. During the winter months, fluids can freeze and damage the engine and other components. By taking a few steps to prepare your mower for winter, you can avoid costly repairs and make sure your mower is ready to go when the grass starts growing again.
Step 1: Clean Your Mower
Before storing your zero-turn lawn mower for the winter, give it a thorough cleaning. Use a pressure washer or hose to remove dirt and grass clippings from the underside of the mower deck. This will prevent rust from forming while the machine sits in storage.
Step 2: Change the Oil and Filter
It’s always a good idea to change the oil and filter on your zero-turn lawn mower at least once a year, preferably before storing it for the winter. Old, dirty oil can damage the engine over time, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct type of oil and filter to use.
Step 3: Add Fuel Stabilizer
If you’re storing your mower for more than a month, you should add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. This will prevent the fuel from breaking down and causing starting issues when you use your mower in the spring.
Step 4: Remove the Battery
To prevent your mower’s battery from draining or freezing while in winter storage for an extended period, remove it from your zero-turn mower and store it in a cool, dry place. Make sure to clean off corrosion from the terminals before storing the battery and the mower.
Step 5: Store Indoors if Possible
If you have the space, it’s best to store your zero-turn mower indoors for the winter. Indoor storage will protect the machinery from harsh weather and keep it in better condition come springtime. Common indoor locations include garages, barns, or sheds with sturdy walls and roofing. If storing your mower outdoors is your only option, cover it with a waterproof tarp or use a specially designed lawn mower cover.
Brim Tractor is your trusted source for all your high-value equipment needs and services. We can help you winterize your zero-turn mower with this quick guide and prepare your machine when spring rolls around. Contact our team today to learn more about our mower services and how to get ready for the cold season!