Lawn Mower Troubleshooting (Common Operational Problems) – Part Two

In our last article, we covered some of the problems that could be easily troubleshooted on a lawn mower. These were problems with either the engine not starting, or the engine stalling out once it has started. Today, we are going to cover a whole other set of problems. Some of the more common ones that I have noticed people complaining about in the comment sections of various lawn mower reviews. I believe these are some of the most common problems people have with the operation of their mower. Fortunately, all of these problems can be easily fixed. Let’s cover them and get your machine back out there doing what it does best, cutting the grass.

Starter Rope Won’t Pull Or Is Hard To Pull

Most of the time this is due to not holding down the safety bar on the mower. The safety bar stops the engine from running whenever the handle is let go. This is to keep the mower from running away and mowing down everything in its path. Make sure that the safety bar (called an engine brake) is held down while you are trying to start your mower.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, then check the underside of the mower’s carriage. If there is a bunch of grass collected around the blades, then the engine of the mower won’t turn. Disconnect your spark plug wire, push your mower to a hard surface and remove the excess clippings from around the blades. This usually solves the problem.

The Mower is Cutting In An Uneven Fashion

Usually this problem is accompanied by some sort of vibration coming from the mower as well. If that is the case, then check for these problems:

Clean Debris From Blades: Once again, it is most likely a problem with debris build-up. If so, then follow the steps from problem no. 1 and clean the debris out.

Check Blades: If you’ve cleaned out all of the debris from under you mower and that doesn’t solve the problem, then you might need to check the blades. They might be dull, broken or loose. Check and replace them as necessary.

Mower Is Smoking

If your mower starts smoking while you are using it, then your first response might be to panic. Before you worry and take the mower to a repair shop, check out these out first:

Check The Oil Chamber: If there is too much oil in the chamber, then it can cause the mower to smoke.

Make Sure Oil Hasn’t Spilled: Sometimes a smoking lawn mower is simple the result of oil spilling out on the exhaust. If this was done while the mower was being filled, then it will eventually burn off. Also check your oil cap and make sure that it is on firmly.

If neither of these items solve the problem or the machine has white smoke coming out of it, then you might need to have the machine checked by a professional.

And that concludes this article on the best lawnmower troubleshooting tips. Hopefully, it will keep you from having to take your mower to a repair shop on a regular basis and keeps your lawn mower running the way it should run.