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Old 07-19-2007, 10:01 PM   #16
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well - all is now well again in my mower kingdom... took it back to sears and exchanged it. i told em it stopped working they said "okay, when'd you buy it?" I told em about a week ago they said, "let's get it exchanged for ya." They didn't ask any questions, and I didn't offer any more info.
Thanks again everyone!!

BTW - I sure wish it'd stop raining for a week or so... so I can get to my backyard. It's like a swamp out there... but i did finish my front yard. That half mowed look was worse than the jungle look!

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Old 07-20-2007, 09:52 AM   #17
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Let me guess.... you go alone... without your husband.....

I find all refund/exchange are better serviced to ladies.... base on my personal experience....
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:32 PM   #18
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Cool!

Yeah my wife returned a special order shed to Sears once.....
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:04 AM   #19
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Okay, fellas and fell-ettes! You were so helpful last time, I have to ask you another question!

Recently my lawnmower's engine has been acting strangely - running on relatively low RPMs and throwing to one side as it runs. Then sometimes it cuts off after a few minutes of this, other times it keeps going and we are able to cut the yard.

We've changed the air filter, checked the oil and gas levels, and everything else seems fine... My RibDonor's even stumped on this one! Any suggestions?
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:29 AM   #20
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I would think gas is not able to constantly supply to the engine all the time.... may have air blocking the transfer...etc....
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:40 AM   #21
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Okay, fellas and fell-ettes! You were so helpful last time, I have to ask you another question!

Recently my lawnmower's engine has been acting strangely - running on relatively low RPMs and throwing to one side as it runs. Then sometimes it cuts off after a few minutes of this, other times it keeps going and we are able to cut the yard.

We've changed the air filter, checked the oil and gas levels, and everything else seems fine... My RibDonor's even stumped on this one! Any suggestions?
Probably gumming of the carb. You can go to a auto parts store and buy some carb cleaner.

Try using premium vice regular. BP/Amoco if possible. It's the best.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:18 PM   #22
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Did you winterize the mower last fall? If not then probably a gummed up carb. Might have to take apart the carb to degum it well. Maybe you could take it back to your friends at Sears for an exchange again.....LOL.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #23
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Maybe you could take it back to your friends at Sears for an exchange again.....LOL.


Naw, I didn't winterize cuz we kept mowing through the winter! (Did I mention we're in Houston?) But we will try the un-gumming thing.

Thanks, ya'll!! I'll give an update after we get done...
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:35 AM   #24
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If there's a fuel filter between the tank and carbuerator, it may be time to change it. Could be starved for fuel from the dirty filter.
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:00 AM   #25
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Not sure. I put my mowers in the shed from December through March and never winterize. They all start no problem and have for the 9 years I've owned them. I have a greens mower, a reel mower a push mower and a riding mower. I'm really not sure why so many people have problems with starting and running mowers.

My neighbor has been throuh 6 mowers in 2 years. My other neighbor has been through 4 mowers in 3 years. I just don't get it. I change the oil as needed, put in fresh gas, follow the directions and pull the string or turn the key.
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:48 PM   #26
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Okay, fellas and fell-ettes! You were so helpful last time, I have to ask you another question!

Recently my lawnmower's engine has been acting strangely - running on relatively low RPMs and throwing to one side as it runs. Then sometimes it cuts off after a few minutes of this, other times it keeps going and we are able to cut the yard.

We've changed the air filter, checked the oil and gas levels, and everything else seems fine... My RibDonor's even stumped on this one! Any suggestions?

I'd say it's definitely a case of....bad karma.



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Old 10-09-2008, 07:10 AM   #27
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update!

so it was that "fresh start" thing that was under the gas cap - i'd forgotten about it! oy!! thanks again for all ya'lls help!
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:10 PM   #28
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Have someone pull the head off of the motor ( that is the part of the motor that the spark plug screws into). You will see the piston under the head. Pour some oil onto the piston and let it set. try to push the piston down with your thumbs. I have seen this oil unfreeze a piston with no problems. On the other, if the mower cranks but smokes then it will need a set of rings.

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