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Lawn mower won't start #6988038
09/11/20 12:59 PM
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Nittany Lion Offline OP
Don't call me Mister, Mister
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We use a small push mower to do the trimming. When the mower is cold it fires rather easily, but after it is running for a while it shuts off and won't start again until it cools off. What do I need to do?


I want to grow my own food but I can't find bacon seeds.
Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988042
09/11/20 01:04 PM
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Check out the lid on the fuel cap to see if the vent is clogged

Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988062
09/11/20 01:34 PM
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I had one doing the same thing. I re-set the gap between the flywheel and magneto and that was that.


I know I'm paranoid......but am I paranoid ENOUGH???
Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988084
09/11/20 02:20 PM
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Had a chainsaw that did the same thing.

Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988085
09/11/20 02:22 PM
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Buy a battery powered mower. Is it a 2 cycle?

Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988119
09/11/20 03:30 PM
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First determine what is causing the no-start problem.

Common causes - fuel issues or no spark.

To test for fuel issues , spray a little ether into the air filter assy next time it doesn't want to start. If it starts or tries to start , it is a fuel issue.

To test for spark , remove spark plug wire and put a screwdriver in it , hold the screwdriver close ( about a 1/4" away ) to the engine to see if you can see a spark jump to the engine while someone pulls the cord. Hold the insulated end of the screwdriver or you will know for sure if it has spark. Been there done that , or as Scuba says " I do all my own stunts , just not intentionally " .....lol


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988360
09/11/20 11:32 PM
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Nittany, hire the kid next door. Pay him extra and insist he use his own mower.


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988387
09/12/20 05:15 AM
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Central Pennsylvania
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Good advice Don, the problem is the person next door is my 92 year old mother-in-law.


I want to grow my own food but I can't find bacon seeds.
Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988388
09/12/20 05:24 AM
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Sounds like a spark plug to me.


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988392
09/12/20 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Nittany Lion
Good advice Don, the problem is the person next door is my 92 year old mother-in-law.


Well, being family, you shouldn't really have to pay her. grin

Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988405
09/12/20 07:05 AM
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Neighbors just ain't as helpful as they used to be!


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988412
09/12/20 07:21 AM
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When hot and wont run, pull air filter and try to start it.
If no go, pour a little gas in carb and try it.
If no go, check for spark and condition of spark plug.

It's a junk world, with junk fuel.





Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988413
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Ain't there some Amish kids around there? laugh


Eh...wot?

Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988438
09/12/20 08:11 AM
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Ya need to have spares .........

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I get small engines for free off of Craigslist. These all run. When I got them they didn't. Most of the time it is a carburetor problem , easily fixed. I do this as kinda of a hobby. I sell some , but give most away to friends and family.
I've owned over 50 mowers , snowblowers, tillers , generators etc.


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988443
09/12/20 08:17 AM
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Cragar, whats a typical carb problem you find?


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: the Blak Spot] #6988446
09/12/20 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by the Blak Spot
Cragar, whats a typical carb problem you find?

Contamination. All it takes is a very small amount of crud. The fuel they sell today with ethanol is also a problem. 90% of the mowers I get for free is just for this reason. Cleaning the carburetor usually does the job.


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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988457
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I'd buy a tiller from you if we could get it here.
Finally junked the old monkey wards.

Is there a "good" small tiller being sold these days?





Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Wright Brothers] #6988462
09/12/20 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Wright Brothers
I'd buy a tiller from you if we could get it here.
Finally junked the old monkey wards.

Is there a "good" small tiller being sold these days?

Look for a older Troy-bilt , they are like tanks. Preferably at least 10 years old. Even a 20 year old one. A lot of the newer ones sold under that brand name are made by MTD and are not as good as the old ones.

I got a tiller attachment for a weed eater free on Craigslist. My neighbor uses it all the time to churn up the dirt inside his chicken coop. Great for those small confined areas , little tough to hang onto but it is good for small spots.

Last edited by Cragar; 09/12/20 08:51 AM.

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Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Wright Brothers] #6988466
09/12/20 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Wright Brothers
I'd buy a tiller from you if we could get it here.
Finally junked the old monkey wards.

Is there a "good" small tiller being sold these days?

BCS makes a good tiller.


wanna be goat farmer.
Re: Lawn mower won't start [Re: Nittany Lion] #6988469
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I am plagued by the fact that mine always starts and runs. I will trade you. I hate mowing my lawn.


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