My 5 years old Sears Lawn tractor won't start today. The engine keeps
spinning, but won't start. I checked spark plug and fuel filter, They
both looks fine. I had a new battery.
Recently I had smoke coming out of exhaust, so I had to keep oil level
low. Will engine oil damage parts in combustion chamber?
I have very little knowdge on engines. Anyone has idea? Your help is
1. Fuel 2. Spark 3. Timing
Dribble a tablespoon or so of fuel into the carb and see if it starts.
If it starts & runs a few seconds, you've got a fuel problem.
Pull the plugs and make sure there's no gob of black gunk on the tip.
If so, replace them.
Take the cover off of your air filter. Spray starter fluid on the filter
( this is very flammable). Try to start the mower. If the mower runs or
coughs then you have a blocked up carburetor.
I will try this weekend. But if the carburetor clogged, what is the
next step? Replace it? Clean it?
I already schedule Sears to come in about a week. They say $96 just to
come. I am trying to figure out the most economic way to get this
fixed. If I end up spending another 300 dollors to fix this old
machine, it might not worth it.
I like to hear your opinions.
I've not paid real attention past the "ran w/ low oil" part, which makes
me think all kind of bad things, but I'd have two alternatives for
repair if you don't want to go at it yourself...
1. There are bound to be small engine repair shops/handy-man fixit
places. Take it to one of them.
2. If you have a vo-tech school, often they have small engine repair
classes and need things to work on.
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