Keep Your Lawn Mower Running Right; Briggs & Stratton Makes Tuning Up Your Engine Easy

  Keep Your Lawn Mower Running Right; Briggs & Stratton Makes Tuning Up Your
                                 Engine Easy

Troubleshoot Problems with Help from the Engine Experts

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, April 10, 2013

MILWAUKEE, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Performing regular engine
maintenance is critical to keeping the engine in a lawnmower running at peak
performance. A mower engine tune-up takes about 30 minutes and costs under $12
for the average push mower, according to the engine experts at Briggs &
Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), the largest manufacturer of gasoline-powered
engines for outdoor power equipment.


A tune-up on a push mower involves four easy steps:

1.Changing the mower oil
2.Replacing the air filter
3.Replacing spark plug
4.Adding fuel preservative to the gasoline

Riding mowers may also require an oil and fuel filter change. Briggs &
Stratton provides tune-up kits that include everything needed to make the task
even easier. "Most people who own a walk-behind mower can tune-up their mower
following simple instructions," says Synoilva Shaw, with the Briggs & Stratton
marketing department. "We'll even walk homeowners through a tune-up step by
step on our web site at

Homeowners know the importance of tuning up their mower engine. According to
research by Briggs & Stratton, 66% of homeowners that purchased a new push
mower will perform a tune-up at least once a season. Also, 76% of homeowner's
tune-up their engine mower before the season starts. Tuning up is key in
extending the life of a mower engine and can reduce emissions by up to 30%.

Shaw points out that difficult starting is the number one problem people
report having with their lawn mowers, according to company research. A
tune-up could be the answer. "The source of most starting problems is old
gasoline – gas goes stale in about 30 days, and the new ethanol-based fuels
can be especially problematic," she notes.

The company warns that certain gasoline blends should never be used in lawn
mower engines and other small gas engines. Fuel blends containing more than
10 percent ethanol, like E15 or E85 gasoline, or gasoline containing other
alcohol blends can damage small gas engines. Repairs required because of the
use of these unapproved gasoline blends are not covered under the Briggs &
Stratton engine warranty.

The tune-up kits can be purchased online at or at
authorized Briggs & Stratton dealers and home improvement stores. In
addition, the company helps homeowners recycle their old lawn mower oil
through participating Briggs & Stratton dealers nationwide. To date, over
150,000 gallons of used engine oil has been recycled. Used mower engine oil
can be dropped off in a closed container. Find a participating dealer at

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the
world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its
wholly owned subsidiaries include North America's number one manufacturer of
portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading designer,
manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its
Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs &
Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over
100 countries on six continents.

SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Contact: Synoilva Shaw, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, 414-479-8048,; or Monica Baer, Littlewood Public Relations,
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