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Old 05-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #16
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try a couple of things. Get some starting fluid (ether). Take the air filter off and spray a small amount in the carb where the air enters. Make sure the choke is not on when you do this.
Then, put the choke on and see if it fires over. If it does, it's probably your fuel. My Honda has a small nut on the bottom of the carburetor bowl (looks like a bowl at the bottom of the carb). If you have the same thing, then loosen the nut and gas should leak out all over the place. If it doesn't smell right, then you have bad gas. If nothing comes out, then you may have a clog in your fuel line or internal to the carb.

If the mower doesn't fire over, try it again. If it still doesn't, then pull your spark plug. Plug your spark plug back into the plug wire but leave it out of the motor. Find a way to ground the spark plug to the body to the engine (wrap a wire around the threads of the plug and attach it to the engine). Then pull the cord and see if spark jumps across the plug. That will tell you if you have a bad plug or a bad ignition coil.
sure I won't get shocked doing this?

and should I be creating sparks if I've leaked gas all over the place?

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sure I won't get shocked doing this?

and should I be creating sparks if I've leaked gas all over the place?
Chalk one up for Blondes all over this world.
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chalk one up for blondes all over this world.
lol!!
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:12 PM   #19
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sure I won't get shocked doing this?

and should I be creating sparks if I've leaked gas all over the place?
lol, if you've leaked gas all over the place I would definitely give it a few!

Otherwise, make sure you hold only the rubber boot and don't touch the plug, you'll be fine.

here's a good youtube vid to help you out:

he cuts the tip off his spark plug so you can see the spark better, you don't need that, you can still see it with a regular spark plug, it's just easier with two people so you can look closely at the plug.
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sure I won't get shocked doing this?

and should I be creating sparks if I've leaked gas all over the place?

Definitely give the gas time to evaporate. And YES, you can get shocked if you don't do it right. You won't be the first either.
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Definitely give the gas time to evaporate. And YES, you can get shocked if you don't do it right. You won't be the first either.
meaning it's happened to you too?
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Yep, I've gotten nailed a time or two. But, it's not a big deal and I have done this procedure literally a thousand times.

The way I usually test spark is to take a phillips head screw driver and put it into the spark plug wire (inside the metal connector that is up inside the wire) then hold the end of the screw driver and place the metal part of the screw driver within 1/16" of the engine (metal part). Then pull the cord and watch the spark jump from the metal of the screw driver to the engine. It works well and is fast.

If you are really worried about getting shocked (notice I didn't say electrocuted) I would put on a leather glove to protect your hand.

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Marty1 is right.

First, and by far the most likely, is your fuel. Your best bet would be to carefully remove the bowl from your carburetor. It probably has dirt & junk in the bottom. Get a can of carb cleaner (available at any parts store for under $5), clean out the bowl and carefully spray the exposed underside of the carb.

Carefully reinstall the carb bowl, making sure to get the little gasket in place.


I'd say there's about a 90% chance that's your problem.
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Marty1 is right.

First, and by far the most likely, is your fuel. Your best bet would be to carefully remove the bowl from your carburetor. It probably has dirt & junk in the bottom. Get a can of carb cleaner (available at any parts store for under $5), clean out the bowl and carefully spray the exposed underside of the carb.

Carefully reinstall the carb bowl, making sure to get the little gasket in place.


I'd say there's about a 90% chance that's your problem.
I always order the carb bowl when I go to my favorite Italian restaurant the night before a big race
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I always order the carb bowl when I go to my favorite Italian restaurant the night before a big race
Well THERE'S you're gas problem!
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I always order the carb bowl when I go to my favorite Italian restaurant the night before a big race
I'm sure it tastes better than the one on the lawnmower as well!
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I always order the carb bowl when I go to my favorite Italian restaurant the night before a big race
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Well THERE'S you're gas problem!
That's funny right there. I don't care who you are, that's funny.
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That's funny right there. I don't care who you are, that's funny.
hate to admit it but I laughed!

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