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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120529/CG15020LOGO) 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.