Simple Lawnmower Maintenance


Article by: Mark Donovan

Do you have trouble starting your lawnmower , The Glory of Autumn: What Causes the Color? up in the spring? Before deciding to take your lawnmower , Choosing the Perfect Landscape Painting in for repair, , Pond Liners - Which One to Use? try these few simple suggestions. After completing them most of the time your lawnmower , Finding Garden Benches: Get the Perfect Look for Your Garden will fire , Basil: The King of Herbs up and run like a champ.

Pull and clean the Spark Plug

Most of the time simply cleaning the spark plug will solve your lawnmower , Give a Bird a Home; Leave a Legacy woes. To do this, disconnect the wire attached to the end of the spark plug. Then using a wrench or a Ratchet/Socket, remove the spark plug. If the spark plug is black or wet looking, you have probably found your problem on why the lawnmower , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer is not starting.

Using fine grit sandpaper, sand , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction the top of the spark plug down to bare metal. , Pond Liners - Which One to Use? Make sure you sand , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs all around the edges of the piece of metal , The Glory of Autumn: What Causes the Color? (tab) that sits just above the electrode. Make sure that there is a gap between the metal , Landscaping Tips: Boost Energy Efficiency with Shading Trees tab and the electrode. If you still have the lawnmower , Storm Damage and Mature Tree Pruning manual and a feeler gauge you can adjust the gap to the specifications. However, if there is a small gap it is probably sufficient for the spark plug to operate correctly.

Make sure the spark plug is free of dust and dry. Then screw , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors it back into the cylinder and connect back the wire to the end of the spark plug. Then try starting the lawn , Solar Outdoor Lighting mower.

Check for Oil

Make sure there is oil in the lawnmower , Want to Build a Pond? and that it is at the proper level.

Check for Fuel

Make sure there is gas , Basil: The King of Herbs in the lawn , Simple mower Maintenance mower. If you have old gas , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer in the lawnmower , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors and did not put in a fuel stabilizer at the end of the season, , Patio Umbrellas replace the gas. , Home for a Gnome? If you had drained the gas , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor tank at the end of the previous season, , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment then fill the tank at least half full with new gas. , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors

Check the Fuel Line

Like many of us, at the end of the previous lawn , Want to Build a Pond? mowing season , Tips for Buying Plants Online we turn off the fuel line switch. Make sure it is in the on position. If you have done all of the above and the engine will not fire, , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer then check to see if the fuel is getting to the carburetor. Temporarily disconnect the fuel hose from the carburetor and see if gas , Teak Furniture - The Proper Way to Care For & Clean It pours out. If so reconnect the hose. If not, then check the fuel line. It may be gummed up or the fuel filter is clogged.

Check the Air , Selection Of Garden Tractors Filter

Make sure the Air , Gardening as a Hobby Filter is clean. If it is dirty and oily then replace it. If it just dirty shake it and knock out some of the dust. This may solve your problem; however I would still recommend replacing it.

Clean the Carburetor

First turn off the fuel line. Disassembling and cleaning the carburetor is not as bad as you may think. Usually there is a nut on the underside of the carburetor. Remove this and pull the bottom portion of the carburetor off. Clean the inside , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment of this lower portion of the carburetor and then make sure the float valve moves up and down freely. The float valve is a plastic , How to Plant Spring Flower Bulbs object about 1.5" in diameter that hangs down when you remove the lower portion of the carburetor.

Reconnect the lower portion of the carburetor and turn on the fuel line again.

Try restarting the lawnmower. , Choosing the Perfect Landscape Painting If it still does not work after performing all of these procedures, then take it to a repair , Solar Outdoor Lighting shop. However, from personal experience these procedures usually solve the problem.

Sharpen the Blade

Finally, make sure you sharpen the blade. This will ensure you minimize the torque on the engine while cutting the grass. , Garden Benches - What They Are Not to mention, your lawn , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs will get a more even cut.

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes , Want to Build a Pond? and additions to homes. , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the His projects have included: building , Home for a Gnome? a vacation home, , Growing Ginseng building , How to Plant Spring Flower Bulbs additions and garages , Outdoor Lighting Fixtures on to existing homes, , for a Gnome? and finishing unfinished homes. , Wrought Iron Patio Furniture is Easy to Clean for Summer Mr. Donovan's formal education and profession have been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.

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