Help! My Lawn Mower Won’t Start After Winter.
Summer has arrived and it’s time to cut the lawn again.You take the mower out of storage ,dust it down and and pull the cord once ,twice and thrice for good measure .
And it refuses to start up. Or it starts once,then refuses to start again. You step back ,scratch your head and stare in bewhilderment.
For a lawnmower engine to start, two things are required:Fuel and spark
If you aren’t getting a spark at the plug or fuel isn’t getting through to the engine (known as fuel starvation), the machine will never turn over.
After storage during winter, seals, pumps and valves in the carburetor could have become gummed up with varnish deposits if you left fuel in the tank.
During the the mowing of lawn, dust and dirt can also block the fuel system or clog filters.
In this blog, we have created a checklist and accompanied by a video from our Garden Lawnmowers Direct technical team on how to get your mower started,so you can get that lawn cut .
Some of the main reasons your mower won’t start and solutions
Issue Engine is not getting the fuel it needs.
Answer Empty and refill tank with fresh gas; Check the fuel intake system: the carburetor bowl; the choke, throttle, primer button, fuel filter
Issue It’s not getting the spark it needs.
Answer Dry and clean the spark plug, check its connections, or replace it; check the ignition system.
Issue It needs oil.
Answer Check oil level. Some newer engines have a low oil level float switch to disable starting
Issue It’s not getting the air it needs.
Answer Check, clean, or replace the air filter.
Issue Starter rope issues.
Answer Check flywheel brake; make sure there’s nothing jamming the blade.
Ten Point Check List
1/Use fresh gas. Don’t use old gasoline which can cause difficulty starting.Check the fuel level in the tank and that the vent in the tank cap is unblocked.
2/Ensure the spark lead is firmly attached to the plug, and the plug is tightly screwed in. Try replacing the spark plug with a new one.
3/Make sure the “dead man’s handle” control on the mower is held fully against the mower handle while starting.
4/Turn on choke if there’s a manual choke fitted. Don’t turn on the choke if the engine has been running in the last 5 minutes.
5/Press the primer bulb about 5 times (if fitted). If the mower runs out of gas during cutting, it will need to be primed again.
6/Clean the air filter if it is dirty. Wash and dry a foam type air filter , or replace a dirty paper filter.
7/Check the cable connecting the “dead man’s handle” (on the frame) to the engine is not damaged or snapped.
8/Tighten the carburetor or bolted to the engine.
9/Remove any water that may be lodged on the bottom of the gas tank.
10/If the starter cord is hard to pull, check that there are no clumps of grass clogging the underside of the deck. These can jam the blade. Disconnect the spark lead before attempting to move the blade to remove clippings!
Changing the fuel of your lawnmower
How to change a spark plug
At all times it is easential to keep your safety as paramount.
1/You should wear gloves to protect your hands from grime which can irritate sensitive skin, especially if you have to change engine oil or your hands are in contact with gasoline or diesel. We recommend Nitrile rubber gloves are the most resistant to these chemicals.
2/Petrol is highly flammable so remove all sources of ignition, such as naked flames, stoves, sparks, cigarettes, or any other hot objects in the vicinity when working on the tank or fuel lines. Also, adequate ventilation will prevent the build up of vapour.Also dispose all rags contaminated with fuel as they could possibly ignite.
Lawnmowers in Glasgow and Stirling
The vast selection of lawnmowers available to buy in today’s garden machinery market place is quite daunting. Styles and designs that appear completely alien
from what we would have envisaged from the lawnmower we perhaps saw or grandfather or father use. Each one is unique .It has differing features and uses, with some being very specifically suited to certain types and sizes of lawn.
With so much choice it is wise to do your homework. Or contact a company like Garden Lawnmowers Direct on deciding on which lawnmower is best for you and your garden.
As not all mowers are equal. Furthermore price is also pivotal . What you are willing to spend, as well as what your needs are.
The products we sell are from leading lawnmower brands including Mountfield ,Hayter, Cub Cadet, Bosch, Cobra and Flymo.
We will provide advice and assistance and after sales service .So be sure to ask our advice regarding the type of mower you need .We are at the end of the phone. You can email us also to ask any questions.
Lawnmowers in Scotland and the UK