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Tune up a lawn tractor

Tune up a lawn tractor

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A riding lawn tractor requires regular maintenance.

A riding lawn tractor is the ultimate way to cut, trim and manicure a large lawn; and to keep it working safely and at peak performance it requires regular maintenance. If you’re a grease monkey and enjoy working on engines and machinery, you can keep a lawn tractor in good running order. If not, get a regular tuneup by the manufacturer.

The tuneup involves a long list of routines to follow. This includes inspecting the belts for wear and adjust the tension, then cleaning the engine compartment and removing any build-up of debris under the deck. Next is changing the oil and replacing the spark plugs and air and fuel filters, and checking the battery for voltage and continuity. Then greasing the axle and mower spindles. Be careful sharpening and balancing the blades, and remember to disconnect spark plug wires or a negative battery cable to prevent an accidental startup. These routine procedures guarantee you’ll get the best cutting action and a smooth ride all season.

Not interested in doing it yourself? Find a mobile tuneup service like John Deere, a manufacturer who does house calls for lawn tractors, offers. A mechanic and trailer (with a service bay and lift) arrive at your house, and the mechanic moves the tractor inside and does a complete checkup for $206. A mechanically savvy do-it-yourselfer can do a tuneup for $90, the cost of the oil, filters, belts and other materials, and save 56%.

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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$206 — $90 — 2.4 — 3.5 — $116 — 56%


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