Everything You Need To Know About Lawn Mower Wheels
An important but often overlooked part of the lawn mower is its wheels. They
must be kept in good condition to ensure that the mower travels smoothly over
the lawn with the least amount of resistance. Lawn mower wheels that are worn or
improperly attached to the mower can contribute to excess power consumption –
electric, gas or human.
After a few years use, lawn mower wheels often become loose and wobbly. This can
make the mower more difficult to push and to steer. Because the change is
gradual, we often don’t notice the decreased efficiency the damaged wheels are
causing, but once corrected, you will wonder how you ever managed to push the
mower with bad wheels.
It’s a good habit to give your lawn mower an inspection every 4 to 6 weeks.
Check to see if the lawn mower wheels are tightly attached to the body of the
mower and that they spin freely. At the same time, you can inspect the underside
of the mower and the blade for any defects. Use a wire brush to clean out any
excess hardened grass that has accumulated. Before working on the mower, drain
the gas tank and take out the spark plug. This will prevent the engine from
accidentally starting when your fingers are in the path of the blades.
If the lawn mower wheels are damaged, replacement wheels can be bought at most
hardware or garden supply shops. When attaching the new wheels, make sure they
do not wobble and that they spin freely.
Self-propelled lawn mowers have special requirements in regards to wheels
because any impediment to the drive mechanism is going to affect gas
consumption. Make sure the entire transmission is operating correctly and that
the lawn mower wheels are always in good shape.
By spending a few minutes every month or so inspecting your lawn mower, you will
be able to keep up with small maintenance chores and prevent them from becoming
major problems. Include the lawn mower wheels in this inspection to keep your
mower rolling smoothly.
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