these problem are occurring more often with the 10% ethanol in gas. your carburetor is probably full of trash after sitting for a year. try to start it by shooting starting fluid into the carb. if it starts and continues to run with short blast of starting fluid, this will narrow it down to your carb.
with prices these days i always buy in small small quatities even for my car!!I have several machines that have sat for longer than they should have.
My guess would be stale fuel.
I was fortunate. After draining the fuel tanks, as well as the float bowls and filled them with fresh fuel with stabilizer added, I was able to get them fired up.
I removed the air filter and added a small amount of fuel to the air intake, reinstalled the filter and cover and pulled it a few times. One machine in particular required this several times before it continued to run.
All are running perfectly now.
Kirsten, you should only buy fuel in small quantities for lawn equipment. Having it sit around in cans is a bad idea, especially the newer fuels with Ethanol added.:thumbsup:
sure I won't get shocked doing this?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.
lol, if you've leaked gas all over the place I would definitely give it a few!