Why Won't My Lawnmower Start?

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  1. Lo-Tek

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    chiliphil1 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the world of ethanol fuel. As a motorcycle tech our business has become 80% cleaning carburators that have just come out of winter storage.
     
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    Yea if I forget to run the fuel out of my snowblower at the end of winter I' ll spend an hour freezing my ass off trying to start it the first time I try to use it the following winter, and thats regular gas.
     
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    I had this same issue last year with my fairly new mower, seems I also left a good bit of gas in the tank over the winter, so come the spring it refused to start. I brought it into work and a co-worker educated me on this whole "winter storage" thing. He proceeded to remove a few things so he could reach the carburator but all he did was tap on it a few times with a hammer lol - put everything back in place and voila, fired right up. Lesson learned, either run it dry at the end of the summer or crank it up several times throughout the winter months (I did that this year and of course it's starting like a champ now that I run it weekly).
     
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    There should be at least a primer on it so you can prime the carb...
     
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    I add a little Sta-Bil to 4 and 2 stroke mixes. Run the gas out at end of season. I use premium gas for the 2 stroke tools and dump what's left of a 3 month run and mix again. No problems here, old push mower started on first pull this spring.
     
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    The push reel mowers can be great IF you don't let the grass grow too long in between. I have a fiskars which improves efficiency by 30% (they have better ones) and it's easier than the petrol push mower so long as the grass is less than 4". So right now I have to do it every week, in the summer every fortnight.

    It's incredibly sharp and spreads the clippings evenly so you don't need a collector bag. It weighs less than the powered one making it easy to push.

    The cheap reel mowers are a joke though. I tried one when I had a rental and it was a LOT of work. 3" grass was like trying to pull off while driving with the handbrake on.
     
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    I went to an electric mulching mower about 10 years ago and have never looked back. I hated storing gasoline, the first start of the spring and all the other hassles of a gas mower.
     
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    I use to be a mower mechanic and its deffently a fuel problem. They are simple if it sparks then its fuel. I leave mine for months with out starting and have no issues. Unleaded fuel is not like old leaded that varnishes. It takes years to varnish fuel now days but its a fuel issue for sure. :)
     
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    Spray some starter spray in the carb, it will start on the first pull.
     
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    Move south Vin, we now 12 months a year.
     
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    That has worked for me before when I couldn't start the engine.
     
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    Interesting...
     
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    Here's a video of someone using my reel mower. One handed with a gopro on a broom handle as a selfie stick.

     
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    Is your engine two stroke or four stroke?
     
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    Regular gas, no mix. I got it running. I poured gas into the spark plug hole a few times hoping to prime it. A bunch of black stuff came out of the muffler and then it started to run on its own, the frigging thing. Some of you's guys crack me up. :D
     
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    Once you get it started it will burn off whatever is fouling the motor.
     
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    Have you tried cussing and swearing at it? That's my go-to! :realmad:
     
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    Followed by pleading and begging...
     
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