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    Lawn mower question

    For those of you that are mechanically inclined, I need help getting my mower up and running. Basically, it's been sitting all winter and despite filling the tank with gas it refuses to start. What am I missing? Should I drain the oil out and refill? Is it a spark plug? My lawn looks like an overgrown weed field and I don't want to be fined by the city.

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    Prime it

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    Quote Originally Posted by zcm View Post
    Prime it
    Seconded.

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    Ok, I'll give that a try

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    if you put it away last year with a little gas in it, it might have gummed up. we have a guy I found on craigslist who takes care of that plus sharpening and any other beginning-of-mowing-season stuff for around $30. I find it's easier to just avoid the headache for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfs View Post
    if you put it away last year with a little gas in it, it might have gummed up. we have a guy I found on craigslist who takes care of that plus sharpening and any other beginning-of-mowing-season stuff for around $30. I find it's easier to just avoid the headache for that price.
    I would agree with this, if you can find a similar deal.

    @gaseousclay[COLOR=#3e3e3e] I would suggest a new spark plug, oil change and new gasoline. Make sure that you buy the correct spark plug. Small engines can be very finicky. [/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by bremersm View Post
    I would agree with this, if you can find a similar deal.

    @gaseousclay[COLOR=#3e3e3e] I would suggest a new spark plug, oil change and new gasoline. Make sure that you buy the correct spark plug. Small engines can be very finicky. [/COLOR]
    Don't forget to check the gauge of the gap on the spark plug. The "tool" runs about $2.

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    My first instinct was to ask you to tell us exactly what it is doing but lawn mowers are simple engines. gas, air, spark. As noted above, since they are simple you can get them repaired pretty reasonably at small engine repair shops or on craigslist. Big box stores will do it but they will charge an arm and a leg. If you put in new gas and checked the spark plug, take a look at the air filter too.

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    Is it a 2 or 4 stroke engine? Are you following the starting procedure outlined in the manual?

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    Don't forget, at the end of this season, run it dry or add Stabil to prevent the gas from going bad.

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