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If you live in Macon MO, you can’t ignore the approaching winter season. Winter service specials are designed to keep your equipment at tip-top shape for optimal performance. Every dealer offers a different package so you want to be careful with your selection. The best dealer will plan early and inform the customers of the offer in advance. Here is what the service entails.
Replacing engine oil and air filter
This keeps the moving parts well lubricated increasing the lifespan of your equipment. On the other hand, cleaning the air filter removes the particles from the engine, increasing fuel efficiency. Foam filters are washed and coated with oil before inserting them while paper filters are replaced after use.
Replacing spark plugs
While this only applies on basic models, sparks should be replaced after every 100 hours of use. Once the plugs are removed, a few drops of oil are put on the open cylinder to prevent rust. Spark plugs vary from one model to the other, so it’s important that you take note of the number of the existing plug.
Sharpening and balancing the blades
If you own a lawn mower, you want to ensure the blades are well-sharpened. A dull lawn mower blade leaves the lawn unhealthy and more vulnerable. That being said, you should sharpen the blades 2-3 times a year. When the blades leave white streaks behind, its time you sharpen them. This can be time-consuming and requires specialized equipment. Take advantage of winter specials and leave your equipment in the hands of a professional.
Adding fuel stabilizer
Gasoline is loaded with ethanol which breaks down with time leaving some deposits in your engine. This may also block the carburetor in the long-run. Since draining gas from the tank is a difficult task, it’s best when you take your equipment to the dealer. With a fuel stabilizer, you can store it with a gas-filled tank up to 6 months.
Checking the charging system
We all know extremely cold weather affects the performance of your battery. Despite technology improvements over the years, you’ll still find most equipment owners struggling to start the engine in the morning. For this reason, it’s important that you have your charging system checked before winter sets in. The dealer will assess the potential lifespan of the battery and recommend the way forward.
Adjusting tire pressure
During the winter, tire pressure goes down which may affect the traction of your equipment. Make sure the tires are inflated according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Other services include:
- Touching up any paint to prevent rusting
- Inspection of belts
- Servicing the cooling system
- Suspension check
During the cold months, you should take advantage of winter service specials to keep your equipment in peak operating condition.