Self-Propelled Push Mower Maintenance

Snapper® Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Repair & Maintenance Guide

Whether you’re the kind of person who mows the lawn once a week, or you wait until it’s long enough to blow in the wind, your Snapper® makes lawn care a snap even if your yard is high and hilly. That’s because Snapper self-propelled lawn mowers are simple to start, easy to adjust for height-of-cut and offer a wide range of versatile mowing options. To ensure your Snapper lawn mower performs the way it was designed, make sure you schedule a regular tune-up and take care of a few DIY basics. The effort you put in will pay off in years of dependable performance, allowing you to enjoy the things you really love to do.

First Thing’s First: Read Your Owner’s Manual

Before performing any kind of maintenance, read through your owner’s manual. Snapper lawn mowers carry a legacy of reliability and, with regular care, should last for years to come.

Always Disconnect Your Spark Plugs Before Any Maintenance

Remove the spark plug before doing lawn mower repair or maintenance. This will prevent the mower from accidentally kick-starting. Once you have this important step out of the way, you’ll be all set to roll up the sleeves and get to work.

Clean Your Self-Propelled Push Mower

Now just because it’s a machine, doesn’t mean your Snapper mower doesn’t like a little TLC. After all, since the very first time you cranked up the engine, your Snapper self-propelled push mower has helped to ensure your home has a respectable level of roadside appeal. But after repeated exposure to grass – sometimes long, sometimes wet, twigs, leaves, dirt and even the occasional backyard anomaly, your Snapper is going to benefit from a good cleaning. To keep your lawn mower looking good and performing in tip-top shape, start by blowing or brushing off any surface debris. Some Snapper push mowers have a handy deck wash-out port, for hooking up your garden hose to flush out debris from underneath the deck. If not, gently lean your mower on its side to rinse the mower deck. If anything is lodged in the mower blade, use a stick to remove it – never use your hands.

Change Your Self-Propelled Mower’s Air Filter

Not unlike your furnace, your mower likes clean air. And with all that mowing you’ve been doing, you’ll need to replace your air filter from time to time. To do so, simply remove the filter, clean the surrounding area and install one fresh out of the package. You’ll be glad you did!

Replace Your Spark Plugs Once Per Season

Like any lasting relationship, you need to keep the spark going. For your mower, that generally means replacing your spark plug about once per season. Your reward for taking such measures – easier starts and better fuel economy. How’s that for ROI! But make sure you correctly gap that new plug before installing.

Regularly Change Your Oil

This one’s kind of a no-brainer. Whether your machine is a Shelby GT500 or a Snapper push mower, to prevent an engine from seizing up, you need to change the oil. Here’s how it’s done. First, make sure the engine is warm. This allows for the most thorough drainage and for any impurities to drain with the oil. Next, release the oil into a bucket or recycled milk jug. You can remove the oil in one of three ways: through the dipstick by tilting the mower; through the drain plug; or by using an oil extraction tool. Use whichever method is most convenient. Replace the plug and fill your mower engine with . Finally, it is important to dispose of your engine oil properly by putting it in a clean plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Don’t mix the oil with anything else – gasoline, paint, etc. Take the container to a recycling center, service station or any location that accepts used oil. Voila! On to bigger and better things. Like a snooze in the hammock.

Sharpen Your Mower Blade Twice Each Season

A sharp mower blade is key to a healthy, good-looking lawn.  Mowing with a dull blade rips the grass blades, leaving ragged tears that weaken the plant and promote disease.  A sharp blade cuts cleanly, allowing the plant to heal and recover more quickly. Sharpening a mower blade is a fairly simple process that can be done by a do-it-yourselfer after a bit of research or by your neighborhood lawn mower dealer.

Get Help From Your Local Snapper® Dealer

Not sure how to perform recommended maintenance? Contact your  to perform the maintenance for you. To find a dealer near you, use our convenient Snapper Dealer Locator. With experience technicians and product expertise, your local Snapper dealer is your one-stop-shop for Snapper service and parts.