No Fuss Lawn Mower Maintenance
When spring comes around and it’s time to fire up your lawnmower, is it sluggish to start? If so, don’t go rushing off to the repairman. There are some easy things you can do to save yourself some money.
The majority of the time if you just clean the spark plug, that will be the end of your problems. All you have to do is disconnect the wire that’s attached to the end of the spark plug. Use a wrench or Ratchet/Socket to remove it. A spark plug that looks wet and black is the reason your lawnmower isn’t starting.
Next, use fine sandpaper to smooth the top of the spark plug until you see bare metal. Sand around the edges of the metal that’s located right above the electrode. There should be a gap between this metal tab and the electrode. When the spark plug is completely dry and dust-free, replace it in the cylinder and reconnect the wire back to the end. Try to start your mower.
Another simple thing to check is the amount of oil, if any, there is in the lawnmower. If there’s no oil or not enough of it, that’s most likely one of your problems. The same can be said for fuel. A lawnmower isn’t going to start if it’s got an empty gas tank. If there’s old gas in it, drain that first and replace it with new gas.
Test your fuel line. If you’ve tried all of the above with no success, be sure that there’s fuel reaching the carburetor. Disconnecting the fuel hose from the carburetor should make gas pour out. If this happens, replace the hose and try again. If not, check to see if the fuel line is clogged up.
A dirty air filter can also cause issues. If it’s oily and dirty, replace it with a new one.
A dirty carburetor may be the root of your problem. Cleaning it may be just what the repairman ordered. It’s not that difficult to do but if you’re not feeling confident, you may want a professional to do it for you.
Last, of all, sharpen your blades. This ensures that your lawnmower will cut beautifully once it does get started.