Summer is here. You can smell the fresh-mowed grass of neighborhood lawns and hear the kids running through the cooling water of the sprinklers. It is time for all of us to get geared up for the long mowing season and here at Toro Replacement Parts we believe in preventative maintenance.
With the price of fuel continuing to climb higher, an aging Toro lawn mower engine that is declining in power or fuel efficiency may not be worth the time and energy to use this summer if you do not keep the engine clean and maintained. If you are like the rest of us hardworking individuals then the overall cost of a new lawn mower may not be in your budget this year.
Most Important Piece of Toro Replacement Parts
The good old spark plug, that small but powerful item that starts it all, needs to be double and triple checked all through the hot summer months. Please see below the instructions on inspecting that fiery-plug so that you can be cool this summer and not have to worry about the lawn except for cutting!
1 Remove the spark plug wire and hook it onto the retaining post.
2. Remove the spark plug with a spark plug wrench.
NOTE: When installing the new spark plug, ensure the spark plug has the proper air gap spacing. Measure the spark plug’s air gap with a gap tool.
3. Spark Plug Conditions
If your spark plug shows any of the conditions besides Normal, the spark plug must be replaced.
4. Important: Replace a cracked, fouled, or dirty spark plug. Do not clean the electrodes because grit entering the cylinder can damage the engine.
Use gapping tool at all times!
Example: Install the spark plug with a 5/8″ spark plug socket and ratchet wrench (tighten it to 180 inch pounds torque). If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten firmly. Consult your Toro Owner’s Manual for your specific spark plug’s socket size and that will be the best tip we can give you this summer.