had some problems with lawn mower after a long winter's nap. Changed
the spark plug and the air cleaner and it started right up, ran for
about 5 minutes until I turned it off and I thought all was cool.
Today I take it out for Real and it won't start. Prime it 4 times
like the manual says. Pull on the starter cord and nothing happens. No
catch, not sputter, just the starter going in and out and the parts that
are supposed to move for the starter moving. Took the plug out and
regapped and put it back to no avail. Don't smell too much gas.
Since it worked fine last week, any suggestions for this week.
Did you put it away with gas in the tank? Is your carb the white plastic
Between the carb and the tank is a fiber gasket and a thin diaphram, your
diaphram may be the culprit. Replacement cost 4.00
No. Siphoned it out, ran it for about 5 minutes until it ran out of
gas and then pulled on the starter a couple more times to see if
anything was left behind. The gas is from last fall, but it worked fine
in the snow thrower a couple of weeks ago and it worked fine a week ago
when I was starting things up.
Is your carb the white plastic
Nope. Looks grey and metalish to the naked eye. It is is B&S engine
on a two year old Toro. Changed the oil, too.
I'll try that. I got it finally get started so I could at least
pretend I was mowing. It isn't running rough as much as weak (best way I
know how to describe). It isn't as loud as it should be and doesn't seem
to have as much power. It labors noticably when I try to use
self-propelled part and even when I am mowing, it feels "sluggish" I
Check the exhaust to make sure some critters have not blocked it with
whatever. My weedwacker wouldn't run right and I found mud daubers in the
exhaust blocking the port . If your engine has a bowl on the carb remove it
and clean out the varnish that has come loose blocking the fuel ports
Try removing the gas cap. If it runs then the cap is faulty. Make sure
the gas cap vent hole is clear (us paperclip or other wire).
Spray some starting fluid in the carb. Will it run (better power)?
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
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