The grass is starting to grow so I need our riding mower. After a winter of
non-use and a battery charge I managed to get it started. Briefly. Not
unusual, frequently dies if I don't get the choke/throttle set properly
after it starts. The battery was shot, just put in a new one.
The main problem I have with starting it after not using it is that the
engine cranks erratically. By that I mean that it will turn a couple of
times, stop for a couple of seconds, stop again, etc. (all the while holding
the key on). I then stop for a minute or two to let stuff cool down, then
In the past - this is not a new problem - after three or four crank/rest
cycles - it would start and run well; sometimes it started on an one of the
"erratic" cranks, sometimes the starter would crank it continuously.
Once started and run for a while it would still crank erratically but less
so and the engine catches much more easily (as expected).
Any one have any idea about the cause of the "erratic" cranking?
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