Expert Advice

Quick Model Guide Lookup

5 Lawn Mower Tune Up Tips For Spring

After a long, cold winter, there’s no doubt that many people are breathing a collective sigh of relief as we greet spring. With this change in season comes warmer days, and ultimately, more time spent mowing the yard. For effective mowing, don’t let common mishaps such as clogged air filters, fouled spark plugs, or flooded carburetors stand in your way—instead, prevent these and other potential problems with our simple lawn mower tune up checklist, outlined below.

Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #1: Dispose of Old Fuel & Change Oil

If you didn’t empty your fuel tank before storing your lawn mower for the winter, now is the time to do so. Failing to dispose of old gasoline can lead to a clogged carburetor and overall degraded mowing performance (click here to learn more about draining fuel from your small engine equipment). Remember to use mid-grade fuel that has been stored in a tightly-sealed container, with no higher than an E10 ethanol level. Higher ethanol levels can also contribute to build-up problems, leaving another problem on your hands. In addition, take this time to change the oil, which will increase engine life and overall performance.

Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #2: Check the Air Filter

Figuring out when it’s time to replace your air filter is simple. After removing the filter from your mower, tap to remove any loose debris, then hold it up to the light. If you can see light shining through the filter, it is okay to reuse. If you cannot see light through the filter, it is dirty and needs to be changed (click here to shop all air filters).

Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #3: Change Spark Plug

If it has been over a year since you last replaced your spark plug, take this time to stay up-to-date. For how-to-instructions, click here.

Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #4: Sharpen Dull Blades

Sharp lawn mower blades can make all of the difference when cutting your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, inspect your lawn mower blades for any chips, dents, or thinning. Click here for more details on blade sharpening.

Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #5: Check Bolts, Wheels, Cables, & Belts

Last, but not least, make sure to tighten all bolts and check wheels, cables, and belts to make sure they’re not overly-worn. Keeping an eye on all lawn mower parts before you get too busy with mowing can be a big help in avoiding problems later on in the season.

For more lawn mower tune up tips, watch the video below or contact us here.


You May Also Enjoy These Articles:

Buyer’s Guide to Walk Behind Lawn Mowers

How to Maintain the Perfect Lawn

Engine Oil Maintenance

When to Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blade

How to Store Small Engine Equipment for Winter

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at

11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913

Connect With Us!

Sign up for our electronic monthly newsletter for discounts and money-saving tips.

     ShopParts-How-to-Prune-and-Care-for-Trees   Shop Equipment

6 thoughts on “5 Lawn Mower Tune Up Tips For Spring

  1. Hi, I drained as much fuel as possible from my 1964 Jacobsen push mower with the turbo- cone blade. Then ran it until it quit. When i put fuel in it in May 2014 it started on the first pull! This mower turns over very slow because of the turbo-cone blade disc. So you would think it would take a few pulls to fire it up. Just shows that draining and running dry before storing is a great idea. Also, this is the original motor on this mower. Proper tune ups and oil changes have kept my mower going for FIFTY years! Keep up the good work folks!

  2. Tip #5 is very important. Does Weingartz check all this when someone brings a mower in for spring prep? You guys did the maintenance on my Toro mower this spring and afterwards, the first time I used it a wheel bolt and wheel fell off. Whoops!

    • Jim- We are very sorry to hear about this and apologize for the inconvenience. We have sent you a follow-up email to address the problem and any other concerns you may have. Thank you, and again–our apologies.

Leave a Comment