Simple tune-up keeps lawn mower running smooth

A trouble-free season of lawn care begins with a lawn mower that’s easy to start and keeps on running.

The key to making that happen may be as simple as doing a mower tune-up.

Engine experts say a tune-up:

• Helps a lawn mower start more easily and run smoother.

• Can extend mower life because of proper maintenance.

• Reduces engine emissions, which is easier on the environment.

• Delivers a small savings in the amount of gasoline used over the course of a season.

Four simple steps are needed to complete a lawn mower tune-up: Change the oil, air filter and spark plug and add fuel preservative to the gas tank to keep the gasoline fresh longer. Gasoline goes stale in as little as 30 days and stale gas is one of the top reasons for poor starting.