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Tips on Winterizing Lawn Mower

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - We're just about at the end of lawn mowing season, but there are few things you need to do before you put your mower in the shed for the winter. 

The first step is to empty out the gas by running the mower until the engine stops.  The reason for this is because the ethonal in the gas eats away at the engine.  It's also important to change the oil and remove the spark plug.  It helps if you squirt some oil in the sparkplug hole and try to crank the piston a couple of times.   This allows the inside to be lubricated for winter.  Another tip is to clean or replace the air filters.

If you choose to keep the gas in the tank buying some fuel stabilizer for five dollars will help.  Experts say stored gas goes bad after 60 days and the fuel stabilizer will help keep the gas fresh for up to a year.