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Quick Tips for Riding Mower Maintenance

Be sure you are getting the most of your small engine. Whether you have a lawn mower, snow blower, power generator, or pressure washer, proper maintenance can help your engine run in top shape for longer and extend the overall life of your small engine. The following engine tips should help you keep your power equipment in better condition and save you money on costly repairs.

Briggs & Stratton oil

Monitor Oil Levels


NOTICE: ENGINE MAY BE SHIPPED WITHOUT OIL. Check oil level before starting engine. See "Oil Recommendations" in operator's manual for type of oil to use and checking/filling instructions. Do not overfill.
Engine gasoline

Use Clean, Fresh, Unleaded Gasoline


Do not to exceed 10% Ethanol. Do not mix oil with gasoline. Use Briggs & Stratton Fresh Start® (Part # 1000002), available at your lawn & garden reseller to assure fuel freshness.
Avoid E-85 gasoline

Do Not Use E-58 Gasoline


This engine is NOT designed to operate on E-85. Using e-85 may result in costly engine repairs and void the engine warranty.
Briggs & Stratton Operating Manuals

Store Properly


To prevent starting or performance problems, transport and store the equipment with the engine in its normal operating position. Refer to Engine Operating Manual for complete transporting and servicing guidelines.

For additional maintenance tips and help on repairs be sure to check out our FAQ pages, Maintenance How-To pages, and Support Videos.

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