By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Regular maintenance of any lawn equipment makes it operate at peak performance and ensures that it's running safely. To keep a lawn tractor in good running order, get a regular tune up by the manufacturer or do it yourself. A thorough checkup involves inspecting belts for wear and adjusting the tension, then cleaning the engine compartment and removing any build-up of debris under the deck. Next, change the oil and replace the spark plugs and air and fuel filters, and check the battery for voltage and continuity.
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You have to find an environmentally safe place to dispose the old oil you removed.
Then grease the axle and mower spindles. Sharpen and balance the blades, but be careful. Remember to disconnect spark plug wires or 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.
John Deere is a manufacturer that does house calls for lawn tractors with a mobile tune up service. A mechanic and trailer (with a service bay and lift) arrives at your house, and the mechanic moves the tractor inside and does a complete checkup for $264. A mechanically savvy do-it-yourselfer can do a tune up for $85, the cost of the oil, filters, belts and other materials, and save 67 percent.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to tune up a tractor lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.