Lawn mower hard to start? Follow these tips.

Prior to performing any of these steps make sure to wear gloves, eyewear and follow all safety procedures outlined in your owners manual. Never operate, maintain or follow these steps without first reviewing safety guidelines from the manufacturer. Failure to do so may result in serious bodily harm.

Oil

Prior to starting an engine, oil levels should always be checked. Regular use, gasket damage or extreme conditions may deplete oil levels. Improper oil levels both under filled and overfilled may result in engine failure.

TIP: Always check oil levels and appearance prior to starting an engine.

Spark Plug

Since, spark plug wires are removed during maintenance, checking the connection is a simple first step. Regular operations, storage and transport can also loosen the connection.

TIP: Locate the spark plug wire and press to test the connection. 

Spark plugs are renewed during annual maintenance. A dirty spark plug may result in engine running poorly, hard starting or failure to start.

TIP: If the engine has not been maintained professionally, renew the spark plug and test operations.

If the engine still does not start review remaining items or contact us to repair professionally.

Fuel Quality

The primary cause of engines not starting or hard starting is fuel quality. Fuel should be used within 30 days of purchase at the pump. Any fuel left in the lawnmower or storage containers begins to breakdown. Alcohols in fuel may draw moisture from the air causing hard starting, poor running and even engine failure.

TIP: Prior to storing equipment, run fuel from your engine and drain any remaining fuel from the fuel system. Dispose of all fuels in storage containers. 

If an engine is not starting because of fuel quality, dispose of old fuels. Fill with fresh fuel and attempt 15-20 slow, steady pulls on the recoil starter.

If the engine still does not start review the remaining items or contact us to repair professionally.

Fuel Delivery

Poor fuel quality often leaves debris in the fuel tank, fuel lines, filters and carburetor. Poor air quality, dusty conditions and poor quality fuel storage containers may also cause debris to clog the fuel delivery system.

TIP: Professional replacement of filters and carburetor is typically required to resolve this issue

TIP: If you experience this issue check your fuel storage containers. Cleaning or replacing containers and changing fueling practices will prevent this issue.

Battery

A common issue with riding lawn mowers is weak or dead batteries. Storing in cold conditions and improper storage are primary causes. This issue is very simple to resolve by recharging or replacing the battery.

TIP: When storing equipment, a battery tender will maintain steady charge and improve life of batteries.

Cable

During storage or transport cables become misaligned. Choke, throttle, traction and clutch cables may become disconnected at the engine or at the operator connections.

TIP: Check for loose connections at the handle and follow the path of the cable to the final connection. 

Air Filter

Poor air flow will prevent engines from starting. Air filters are renewed during annual maintenance. Typically, removing an air filter cover can be done without tools or with a standard screw driver. If air filter is dirty or older than one mowing season, replacing will improve air quality and engine performance.

TIP: Remove air filter cover and replace with new filter.

Coil

Ignition coils engage the spark to the engine. A professional diagnosis may determine the ignition coil has failed and needs to be replaced.

Choke

Some engines feature auto-choke mechanisms and others use conventional cables to engage and adjust choke. A professional diagnosis may determine the engine choke has failed and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Compression

Engines require proper compression levels to operate. Damaged or worn engine gaskets, exhaust systems and internal parts may result in poor compression. A professional diagnosis will test compression, determine the cause and provide a remedy. Extensive internal damage caused by overheating or mechanical failure may require engine replacement.

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