It is getting hot outside, and summer is just around the corner. As a matter of fact, summer arrives next week! It is time to get outside and have some fun. The jet skis and other small engine fun vehicles have been lonesome for far too long, and a reunion is in order.
Just as there are steps to be taken to prepare our small machinery for storage in the winter, there are a few things that should be taken into account when preparing for the heat of the summer.
Small Engines and Summer Heat
In recent years, technological advancements in small engine design has simplified some preparations while complicating others. Take a moment to read through this short summary of a few ways to prepare the family’s favorite small engines for the hussle and bussle of the warm season.
Lawnmower preparation is fairly simple
Yes, we did say “fun” small engines, but mowing the lawn is a necessary evil. The lawnmower should be in tip top shape before any of the fun ever begins. Here are a few simple tasks to complete in order to assure the family has a nice, clean yard all summer long.
- Check the spark plugs. Worn spark plugs can cause the engine to stutter and have trouble starting. Bad plugs will also lead to poor fuel efficiency.
- Check the fuel filter. A bad fuel filter will place the mower out of commission, and could cause even more problems.
- Replace the oil. Every time the mower comes out of winterization, it will need a fresh dose of oil to keep everything running smooth.
- Gas ‘n’ Go. Fill ‘er up, and get to mowing.
Jet skis are the best for fun in the sun
Winterizing our watercrafts is important. Breaking the jet skis out for summer, however, is far more simple a process.
- Check fuel and cooling lines for any cracks or leaks.
- Drain and replace the oil and the fuel in the engine. Adding a fuel stabilizer is recommended to keep everything running smooth.
- Check the spark plugs for rust or excess moisture.
- Charge the vehicle’s battery, and hit the waves.
Get the boat ready to float
Take the whole family out on the water with a seaworthy companion. Get the boat ready to float.
- Charge and install all batteries. Make sure the posts are clean and free of debris with new wing nuts and lock nuts to keep the batteries secured.
- Test all switches and controls for adequate and appropriate power supply.
- Refresh all engine fluids. Depending on the size of the vessel, this step could be far more in depth.
- Check steering to tightness or looseness, and adjust them appropriately.