How to Get Your Lawn Tractor Ready For Spring

posted on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Blog

It's that time of year again; the snow is melting...the temperature is warming...Spring is here!

We want to make sure you have everything you need to get your John Deere Lawn Tractor up and running this season.

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1. Check the oil

Any time you’re dealing with an engine that’s been sitting for a while and not being used, it’s important to check the engine oil. If the oil is low, you will need to top it off. But first, check your manual to see how often your oil needs to be changed. If your mower has an hour metre, it should indicate when it’s time to get the oil changed. If it’s not time to change it yet, simply add oil until it either reaches the full mark or registers on the dipstick.

Get your John Deere oil at your nearest PrairieCoast equipment or simply schedule an oil change with your local PrairieCoast equipment

2. Fill up the tank

When you’re first starting up your mower, it’s always best to start out with a new, fresh tank of gas. Old gas that’s been sitting in the tank for more than 30 days or so can make it harder to start the engine, and it can cause other issues for your mower down the line. Before you fill up, check your fuel filters. Changing a filter can do wonders for your fuel economy and the overall performance of your mower.

Watch: How to change fuel filter on the John Deere D100 Lawn Tractor

3. Replace the spark plugs

If you notice any corrosion forming around your spark plugs, it’s time to change them. But even if you don’t need to replace your spark plugs, you should remove and clean them at the very least. This should be done regularly to keep your lawn mower running smoothly. Just make sure that when you replace them, each of the spark plugs are fitted correctly. Otherwise, your lawn tractor won’t be able to function how it should.

Watch: How to change spark plugs on the John Deere D100 Lawn Tractor

4. Stay Sharp

Remove your mower’s blades and inspect them. If they look too worn, chipped or warped, go ahead and replace them. If they’re just a little dull, you can sharpen them with a metal file or bring them in and let us do it for you. Dull blades are hard on your grass — instead of a clean cut, your grass will be left with torn edges that look bad and take longer to heal.

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5. Check your tires

Before you hop on that riding mower, take a few minutes to inspect your tires and make sure they’re good to go. Just like the tires on your car, they will need to be repaired or replaced if they have any tears or punctures. If you find a hole or the tires are just too worn, don’t worry! We can replace them for you so you don’t have to worry about it.

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6. Check the Battery

Is the engine not turning over? You could have a dead or low-charged battery. You can use a variety of tools to check the charge and to re-charge the batter. Make sure the terminals are completely attached and the battery hasn't expired.

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We hope these tips are helpful in getting your riding mower in tip-top shape for Spring! If you don’t feel confident taking care of all the maintenance yourself, the best thing you can do is schedule a service appointment with PrairieCoast equipment. Our highly trained Deere certified technicians are dedicated to assisting you with all of your service and maintenance needs. Click here to learn more about our Spring Turf Service Specials.

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