March 25, 2021

How to keep lawn mower gas from going bad

By Lyle Weischwill
Keep gas in your lawn mower from going bad.
Keep gas in your lawn mower from going bad.

Stale gas in a lawn mower could cause the mower to sputter or hesitate, or keep the mower from starting. These simple tips explain how to ensure the gas remains fresh.

Looking for more lawn mower repair guides, tips and troubleshooting advice? Check out our specialized DIY repair help for walk-behind mowers and riding mowers.

Symptoms common to all riding mowers & tractors

Choose a symptom to see related riding mower and lawn tractor repairs.

Main causes: punctured tire or inner tube, leaky valve stem, damaged wheel rim
Main causes: worn or broken ground drive belt, bad seat switch, transaxle freewheel control engaged, transaxle failure, dirty carburetor
Main causes: shift lever needs adjustment, neutral control needs adjustment
Main causes: worn or broken blade belt, broken belt idler pulley, blade clutch cable failure, bad PTO switch, damaged mandrel pulleys
Main causes: damaged cutting blade, worn deck pulley, damaged mandrel pulley, loose fasteners on mower deck components
Main causes: engine overfilled with oil, leaky head gasket or sump gasket, damaged carburetor seals, cracked fuel pump, broken fuel line
Main causes: clogged carburetor, damaged flywheel key, dirty spark plug, stale fuel, improper valve lash, engine needs a tune up
Main causes: faulty battery, bad alternator
Main causes: unlevel mower deck, dull or damaged cutting blades, worn mandrel pulleys, bent mower deck, engine needs tune up

Repair guides common to all riding mowers & tractors

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your riding mower or lawn tractor.

January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower rear tire

Your mower can’t run on a damaged rear tire. Here’s how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower blade

If a blade on your mower is dull or bent, replace it following the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower fuel filter

Help your mower run better by replacing the fuel filter during your riding mower's annual tune-up.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all riding mowers & tractors

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your riding mower or lawn tractor.

August 5, 2022

Introducing new technical repair content that we’re developing for the Sears Technical Institute

By Lyle Weischwill

Learn about Sears Technical Institute and the advanced technical content being developed for aspiring appliance techs.

August 6, 2020

How to remove a lawn mower blade using a removal tool

By Lyle Weischwill

Learn how a blade removal tool makes replacing the blade easier and safer

April 9, 2019

Riding mower parts and supplies to stock up on video

By Lyle Weischwill

Keep these 6 things on hand to keep the mower season running smoothly.