Ride-On Mower30/01/2023

Winter storage for a Ride-On mower

It is important to keep your Ride-On mower clean and prepare it for storage when the season ends. This is vital in order for the product to continue working in optimal conditions during the next season.

Winter storage for petrol-powered Ride-On mower


In order to prevent tacky particles during storage, it is good to add fuel stabiliser. Add stabiliser to the fuel tank or the container used for storage. Always use the mixing ratio recommended by the manufacturer. After adding the fuel stabiliser, run the engine for a minimum of 10 minutes until it flows into the carburettor.

If you are using alkylate petrol, there is no need to add the fuel stabiliser.

If you are using standard petrol, do not switch to alkylate petrol since this can cause sensitive rubber parts to become hard and brittle.

You can also choose to empty the fuel tank. To do this, start the engine and run it until there is no remaining fuel in the carburettor.

NOTE: Do not empty the fuel tank and carburettor if you add the fuel stabiliser.


WARNING: Remove grass, leaves and other flammable materials from your Ride-On mower to decrease the risk of fire. Let the product become cool before you put it in storage.

CAUTION: Do not use a high-pressure washer or a steam cleaner. Water can cause corrosion which results in damage to the product.

  • Do not clean hot surfaces such as engine, muffler and exhaust system. Wait until surfaces are cool, then clean the product from grass and debris.
  • Before you clean with water, clean with a brush. Remove grass and other debris on and around the transmission, the transmission air intake and the engine.
  • Use running water from a hose to clean the product. Do not use high pressure.
  • Detergents usually increase the damage.
  • To clean the cutting deck, put it in a service position and clean it with a water hose.
    How to put your Ride-On mower in service position

Other tips:

  • Remove the battery. Clean it, charge it and keep it cool during storage.
  • Examine the product for worn or damaged parts. Tighten loose screws and nuts.
  • Change the engine oil and discard the waste oil.
  • Remove the plugs and put about a tablespoon of engine oil into each cylinder. Manually turn the engine shaft to apply the oil and put the plugs back on.
  • Lubricate all grease nipples, joints and axles.
  • Keep the product in a clean and dry area and cover it for more protection.
Was this article helpful?