Preparing your lawn tractor for the season
The old Craftsman LT2000 Lawn Tractor
My old LT2000 Lawn Tractor has been in the family for 11 years. It has had a rough life of cutting the lawn in the August Summer heat and while gathering leaves in the below freezing temperatures of late November. It gets ridden hard and put away wet in November only to have to start the whole cycle over in May. My LT2000 Lawn Tractor has not lasted for 11 years just by chance. Yearly maintenance has kept this aged tractor functioning all of these years.
Step 1 Thoroughly Clean TractorClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 2 Drain Motor Oil - My Craftsman Tractor has a Kohler engine that has a unique quick oil change valve.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Step 3 Install Battery - I remove the battery and store indoors over the winter. I occasionally use the Battery Tender to recharge the battery.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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I use this battery charger to maintain my Lawn Tractor battery over the Winter.
Step 4 Close Drain Valve and Drain Oil
Step 5 Replace the Oil FilterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 6 Clean the Air FilterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 7 Remove small critters from under engine shroudClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 8 Apply Grease to Zerk Fittings - My lawn tractor employs Zerk fittings at each end of the front axle.
Step 9 Refill Engine Oil
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This is the air filter I purchased for my Craftsman LT2000 Lawn Tractor.
Step 10 Inspect Blades
Step 11 Check Tire Pressure
With a little yearly maintenance, you too can keep your tractor running for over a decade.