MILWAUKEE, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Performing regular engine maintenance is critical to keeping the engine in a lawnmower running at peak performance. A mower engine tune-up takes about 30 minutes and costs under $12 for the average push mower, according to the engine experts at Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), the largest manufacturer of gasoline-powered engines for outdoor power equipment.
A tune-up on a push mower involves four easy steps:
- Changing the mower oil
- Replacing the air filter
- Replacing spark plug
- Adding fuel preservative to the gasoline
Riding mowers may also require an oil and fuel filter change. Briggs & Stratton provides tune-up kits that include everything needed to make the task even easier. "Most people who own a walk-behind mower can tune-up their mower following simple instructions," says Synoilva Shaw, with the Briggs & Stratton marketing department. "We'll even walk homeowners through a tune-up step by step on our web site at http://www.briggsandstratton.com.
Homeowners know the importance of tuning up their mower engine. According to research by Briggs & Stratton, 66% of homeowners that purchased a new push mower will perform a tune-up at least once a season. Also, 76% of homeowner's tune-up their engine mower before the season starts. Tuning up is key in extending the life of a mower engine and can reduce emissions by up to 30%.
Shaw points out that difficult starting is the number one problem people report having with their lawn mowers, according to company research. A tune-up could be the answer. "The source of most starting problems is old gasoline – gas goes stale in about 30 days, and the new ethanol-based fuels can be especially problematic," she notes.
The company warns that certain gasoline blends should never be used in lawn mower engines and other small gas engines. Fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol, like E15 or E85 gasoline, or gasoline containing other alcohol blends can damage small gas engines. Repairs required because of the use of these unapproved gasoline blends are not covered under the Briggs & Stratton engine warranty.
The tune-up kits can be purchased online at www.briggsandstratton.com or at authorized Briggs & Stratton dealers and home improvement stores. In addition, the company helps homeowners recycle their old lawn mower oil through participating Briggs & Stratton dealers nationwide. To date, over 150,000 gallons of used engine oil has been recycled. Used mower engine oil can be dropped off in a closed container. Find a participating dealer at www.recyclemoweroil.com.
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America's number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.
SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation