Lawn Mower Troubleshooting (Starting And Stopping) – Part One

One of the first things you’ll notice if you read the comments on some lawn mower reviews, is the fact that some people seem to experience technical problems with their mower that they don’t know how to fix. This leads them to abandon their mower and buy a new one. However, what is usually wrong with their machine is usually something minor and can be easily fixed. Check a few key components and make a few simple repairs and the mower will usually be as good as new.

Today, I am going to give you an overview of some of the most common problems with a lawnmower and how they can be quickly identified and fixed. This will not only keep you from having to buy a brand new machine every year but will also keep you from having to visit a repair man whenever you have the slightest problem with your machine. Here are the best lawn mower troubleshooting tips that will help you get your mower back out on the lawn.

The Mower Won’t Start

One of the biggest complaints that people have with their mower is that it won’t start. Very rarely is this a situation where the machine has completely died. Most of the time, it is something very simple that can be fixed rather easily.

Check Gasoline: Not only might the tank be empty, but you might also have bad gas. Check your tank and fill it, if necessary, or empty out last year’s gas and add new gas.

Check Spark Plug: Make sure it isn’t disconnected, dirty or loose. Check it, make sure it’s clean and reconnect. Also check the spark plug wire to make sure it isn’t damaged in some way.

Check Filter: Make sure that it isn’t clogged with debris.

Check Carburetor: Try tapping on the side of it with a wrench. Sometimes that is enough to get things moving. If that doesn’t work, then you might need to replace the fuel filter.

Power Loss During Mowing

If your mower suddenly cuts off while you are mowing then don’t worry. This is a common problem and happens to everybody eventually. All you need to do is check out the following components:

Check Cutting Height: If you are attempting to cut grass that is tall and you have your cutting height too low, then this can cause the mower to “choke.” Check the cutting height and raise if necessary.

Air Filter: If your mower isn’t getting enough air, then it won’t run very long at all. And usually the culprit is the air filter. Check it and make sure that it is not dirty or clogged.

Clean Out Clipping: Having a buildup of grass around the blades can result in them not being able to turn and the engine stalling out. This often happens when you are trying to cut wet grass. Simple remove the clippings and 9 times out of 10 the mower will stop stalling.

These are the most common problems with a lawn mower that won’t start or starts but stalls out. Most of the fixes will ensure that your machine is up and running in no time.