How to Store Your Cub Cadet Walk-Behind Mower in the Off Season
These instructions will explain how to correctly prepare your Cub Cadet walk-behind mower for storage in the off-season.
- Step 1
Be sure the mower is on a flat level surface. Turn the engine off and make sure it is cool. Disconnect the spark plug ignition wire.
- Step 2
Replacing the spark plug.
- Step 3
Replace worn or damaged spark plug. Check the old spark plug or your operator's manual for the correct part number.
- Step 4
Change the oil.
- Step 5
Remove the dip stick. Then using the Arnold Siphon Pump, place the top tube into the dip stick hole on the engine and the bottom tube into the oil pan.
- Step 6
Prime the pump by pumping the handle three to four times. Once the oil begins to flow, it will flow without further pumping.
- Step 7
Remove the Arnold Siphon Pump.
- Step 8
Add new oil as instructed in your operator's manual.
- Step 9
Replace the dip stick. Wait several minutes, then use the dip stick to check oil level.
- Step 10
Replace the air filter.
- Step 11
Release the thumb screw to remove the air filter cover.
- Step 12
Remove the paper and foam elements.
- Step 13
Separate the foam element from the paper element.
- Step 14
Apply a few drops of clean engine oil to the new foam element and squeeze out all excess oil.
- Step 15
Install the new foam and paper elements.
- Step 16
Replace the cover and secure it to the mower.
- Step 17
Clean the undercarriage. Inspect and replace the mower blade.
- Step 18
Tilt the mower on its side with the air filter facing up. Clean the undercarriage of dirt, grass clippings and other objects that may have become lodged there.
- Step 19
Wearing gloves for protection, inspect your blade for ware or damage.
- Step 20
Use the Arnold Blade Removal Tool to hold the blade in place. Then using a socket, loosen the bolt securing the cutting blade to the engine drive shaft.
- Step 21
Remove the blade.
- Step 22
Assemble the new blade and blade adapter on the engine crankshaft and tighten the bolt to the proper torque as indicated in your operator's manual.
- Step 23
If your blade only needs sharpening, use the Arnold Blade Sharpener and Balancer Kit.
- Step 24
Remove the Arnold Blade Removal Tool.
- Step 25
Check the mower for any other broken or worn parts including belt cover, belts, discharge chute, bag, mulch plug, and tires. Check and adjust cables.
- Step 26
Replace any of these worn or broken parts with the correct replacement parts as noted in your operator's manual.
- Step 27
Finally, add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank to prevent fuel from spoiling while the mower is not in use.