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Old 07-05-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Mower won't start, anything I can try before bringing it to the shop?


Well, I got a used mower last summer ( What do you guys think of my new mower? :) (pics!) ), and it's been great. No issues, real smooth running, etc.

Now, maybe ~3wks ago, I let my neighbor borrow it to mow their newly-sodded lawn. It seems the lawn had gotten way too long, and it was jamming the mower up.

It was returned to me, and would not start - we messed with it (ie, kept pulling the cord harder and harder ), and got it to start, so I just put it in the shed.



Sooo, I go to mow the other day, and the thing does not start. There were some long, dead grass strands wrapped around the spinning piece that moves the blades (the vertical piece that you put the blades onto), but I took them off and don't think it was the problem.. Tried it for a very, very long time, and all that would happen is I pull the cord, the blades spin, once in a while it sounds a little different, like it almost wanted to start, but doesn't.




Given the event leading to it failing, I'm unsure which part of the mower would likely have been damaged. It could always be something I'm missing, but that'd be a weird coincidence given its stellar performance up until its last use, so I'm betting it's the "normal" break that'd happen were you to try and mow, say, a pile of small branches .

Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated, I'd love a chance to try *something* before loading him up, finding a store, and paying to have it fixed .

<<as far as the normal maintenance stuff, I think it's mostly good, I put in new oil, air filter, spark plug, etc, and did a full clean/tighten upon getting it last summer. Oh, and as of right now, it has proper oil levels and a tank of gas, just to rule out the obvious d'oh's >>>

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Old 07-05-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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Water in the gas maybe?

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Old 07-06-2008, 05:29 AM   #3
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Pull the spark plug and clean it
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Outside chance if they were abusing it and hit something like a limb, rock, etc. that the flywheel key could have gotten sheared a little, which will affect the timing. Thats why I have loaner tools, and I'll help you with my power equipment. Makes me look extra helpful, and I know they will run the next time I need to use them.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:29 AM   #5
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If your neighbor put gas in it, find out how old the gas was and where it was stored.

I remember once somebody borrowing a neighbors mower since thiers wouldnt start... [old gas] then they put it in the borrowed mower and of course it didnt start either.
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Pull the spark plug and clean it
Then ground it while connected to the lead, crank it and check for spark.
If you get a bright blue spark, put a few drops of fresh gas in the spark plug hole, replace the spark plug, then crank. If you didn't get any kind of spark, check further in the ignition side. It should start and run for a few seconds until it burns those few drops out.
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If it is a B&S as downunder said pull the flywheel and replace the alum. key. If it shears 1/64" it will be out of time. May have sheared it off? If you have never done this get some help or take it to the shop.

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