I have a 6hp lawn mower (2 year old) that is very difficult to start in
spring and fall, even in the summer it takes 6 tries to start (and 2
times priming it). If I switch spark plugs with my old lawn mower it
works great. I checked the gap is the same. The plug looks clean,
but I sand it down just to make sure no carbon left on it. Any ideas?
Replace the mower. Most sparkplugs are now lifetime sparkplugs, and
if the sparkplug doesn't work, your mower has reached the limit of its
I might be frugal, but I'm not going to dick around with a $2.00
sparkplug that has no user serviceable parts inside. I'd sport for a
===> That's not right; especially considering he has
demonstrated that a different plug works differently in
the machine. The other plug is pretyt likely even the
same plug number considering where it came from, but
the OP didn't say. First a new plug is in order.
===> I don't consider that frugal; I consider it
wasteful to buy a new mower when a spark plug is likely
all that's needed.
You sound like the cattle dealer I worked for as a
kid; he bought a brand new Cadillac every year, paid
the diff each time in cash. He did that because he
wouldn't bother with maintenance on a car in any way.
The second owner got a great deal but they also got a
car with 50,000 miles on the original showroom oil.
His handy man kept the tires inflated and hosed the mud
is one plug a "resistor type" ?
why don't you hook up the plug without screwing it into the cylinder
but do ground it ot the engine and see how each on sparks when you
pull the rope.
Make SURE there is no gas around when you try this.
>===> I don't consider that frugal; I consider it
>> wasteful to buy a new mower when a spark plug is likely
>> all that's needed.
>> You sound like the cattle dealer I worked for as a
>> kid; he bought a brand new Cadillac every year, paid
>> the diff each time in cash. He did that because he
>> wouldn't bother with maintenance on a car in any way.
>> The second owner got a great deal but they also got a
>> car with 50,000 miles on the original showroom oil.
>> His handy man kept the tires inflated and hosed the mud
>> off periodically.
Gee, that guy drove 50,000 miles per year? Yeah, uh huh.....
Not sure why you'd doubt that; it's pretty easy to do,
especially for a cattle dealer. He drove everywhere
and drove fast and hard. I only personally the
speedometer on one of his traded cars once, and it was
at 52,xxx miles. I asked to see it because the dealer
said it was the highest mileage he'd evern seen on a 14
month old (I think that was it) car. I just happened
to be buying a car at the time. Obviously, 50k has a
+/-, but his cars were srot of a legend around here.
He'd drive from here to Chicago and then down to Texas
and back without even thinking about it. This is far
upstate NY, on the St. Lawrence River.
Guess I do have to admit that the mileage is only
that of the drive wheels; they're often a different
mileage than the other two <g>. I swear, he must have
put ten miles on it once, just driving me the mile it
took out across a freshly combined oat field to get to
his workmen. It's amazing how smooth a caddy is in an
oat field at 60 mph when it gets less hilly, know that?
<g>. Oh! And you should have seen it anytime he buried
it in the mud or snow! He was an expert at rocking an
automatic transmission in the mud at what sounded like
almost full throttle!
The dealer brought HIM the cars; he never went to the
dealer's to look at them. He claimed the only thing he
insisted on was the "best tires in town" once. I was
just a kid at the time (he was an old man, now passed
away) and he's still the most interesting (weirdest and
most fun) person I ever worked for!
Sorry if you wanna be a ball buster; I thought it was
interesting. Flame away - if you wish - no skin off my
nose. Personally I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
Me a ball buster? Neeeeever. But 50K/year sounded a tad unlikely and
I wanted to hear a bit more. Myself, I only put 3500 miles per year on
my car and any more than that seems like a lot (to me, anyway). Cool
"Members of society must obey the law because they personally believe
that its commands are justified."
-- Judge David Bazelon - Questioning Authority: Justice and Criminal
Yeah, experience counts heavily in our lives, doesn't
it? We lived in Ca when we bought our first car, a
1968 Mustang/Shelby package Grand Touring California
Special for a whopping $3,200! As you may know, you
don't walk anywhere out there; you drive. In the first
three months we put 21,000 mies on it and the dealer
just loved us! And the cost of gas in those days was
negligible of course.
Then, the 4th month I was discharged from the Navy,
and we drove another 11,000 miles in getting from San
Diego up to LA and meandered across the states to our
home in far upstate NY. AFter vacationing awhile at
"home" we moved to Chgo where we'd then drive back home
four or five times a year, abt 750 miles on 90 and 8xx
if we took the Canadian way on the 401, which was
faster, but longer. It reached a hundred grand pretty
quick and being an apartment dweller we had no place
and no money to store it, so we traded it in on a
station wagon since we were starting our family. I've
kicked myself ever since for not bringing that car home
and just "parking" it somewhere in a field or barn or
something; never even thought of doing that back then!
Now we hit a lot less than 9,000 on the two cars we
Ain't life strange? I want my GTCS back! Never even
laid eyes on another one in this part of the country
and only once in Chgo. Memories ...
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