Well, it seems like you are listening to the wrong people.
Starter spray might get your mower started, and then again, it may not.
It is certainly not a long term fix, and using it repeatedly can damage
your mower. Did you check the other things like the air filter, spark to
plug, bad gas? If you can't do those things, it's time to take it in for
service. If your engine starts with the starter spray, you can pretty much
rule out the spark plug and electronics, and concentrate on the fuel
quality and air filter.
Next time you take it in, try starting it in front of the super tech to show
how you can't start it. Is there a choke on it? If so, try choking it for
a couple of cranks and then crank with no or half choke.
Oh, believe me, I already did that. After many pulls I did get it started
by pushing it away from me as I yanked. My arm still hurts. I don't think
I'd have been able to start it at all if he hadn't already gotten it
started. And as soon as I got it home it wouldn't cooperate again--took
almost 30 pulls to get it started. Like I said, my arm still hurts.
From what she describes the engine is tired and none of the current
push mower engines are worth the cost of a rebuild. Even on the off
chance that you are right that starting fluid will eventually cause a
problem it will have worn completely out long before the starting
fluid gets it
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