Prep your John Deere lawn

Prep Your Lawn Tractor for Spring | Mississippi Ag & Arkansas Ag

Mar 19, 2018, 10:10 AM

It’s that time of year again, folks! The weather is changing, the grass is starting to grow, and our lawn mowers are finally ready to come out of hibernation. Spring is officially upon us. Of course, you can’t throw your lawn tractor back into the grind without a little maintenance prep first. Our team here at Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag came up with a few tips to help you get your mower ready for the season.

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 meter, 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.

Schedule an oil change online with AgUp.

Fill up the tank.

When you’re starting up the mower for Spring, it’s 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 in the John Deere D100 Lawn Tractor.

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.

Shop John Deere home maintenance kits through AgUp.

Sharpen or replace blades.

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.

Shop replacement blades through AgUp.

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.

Request service with Mississippi Ag & Arkansas Ag.

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 AgUp. Here at Mississippi Ag and Arkansas Ag, we use Deere certified technicians that are dedicated to assisting you with all of your service and maintenance needs.
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