What is wrong with my mower

Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014

So you are trying to get the lawn mowed in Frankin, Tennessee and your trusty lawn mower has gotten sick?  How frustrating , the lawn needs to be mowed and the tool you need the most is not up to the task.  Here are a tips on some quick troubleshooting.

If you have a push mower this can be pretty simple.  Simple quick checks, does it have gas in it?  Silly question, I know, but double check.  Next, check the spark plug, it will be on the front face of the engine and will have a rubber boot with a wire coming out of it that is connected to the tip of the spark plug. Make sure that rubber boot is connected properly. Try starting again, if no luck, next it’s time to remove the spark plug and replace it.  You will need a spark plug wrench, these can be purchased in the lawn and garden section of any major store or auto parts store. Remove the plug and take it to a auto parts store and they will be able to match it up with the correct plug, while you are there buy a can of starter fluid, and a can of carb cleaner you may need it later.  Reinstall the new plug and try to fire it up again.

Still no luck?  Now let’s take the air filter cover off and remove the filter.  The air filter cover will be plastic and on the left or right side of the motor. Sometimes they are on the front.  You may need a screw driver to get the cover off, but most of the time they pop off.  Now remove the filter, it could be stopped up with debris and this could be the problem, lightly tap the filter against a concrete surface to remove the debris, then use a vacuum cleaner to clean the rest of the debris. IF the filter is torn or in bad shape you will need to replace. The auto parts store may have the filter, or check your local lawn mower shop, or enter the mower make and model into Google and you should be able to find it.

Now that you have cleaned the filter let’s try to spray some start fluid into the carburetor, this is behind where the filter came off , spray the start fluid for 2-3 seconds into the hole behind where the filter sat and then quickly try to start the mower. It would be best if someone helped you pull on the starter cord repeatedly while you spray the fluid into the carb. Most of the time this will get it started. Once you get it running, spray some of the carb cleaner into the carburetor while it’s running, this will clean the carb and prevent issues down the road. Careful while you do this the blade is spinning!

If none of this fixed the problem, then you could have more serious issue, like an internal motor problem, or it may need a new carburetor.  Then it’s time to take it to a professional however, in most cases when it comes to a push mower it is not worth spending the money to have a professional repair it. A decent new push mower can be bought for $200-$500. IF you drop it off at the lawn mower shop it’s going to be a minimum of $50 to look at it and before you know it you could possibly have a $200 repair bill in a mower that is not worth that.

I hope these tips helped out, and get you back running again. Good Luck!

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