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Give your gasoline engine a little TLC before you put it away for the Winter season

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Before you put your lawn mower, or any gasoline engine powered tool away for the Winter season do it and yourself a huge favor. Take a few minutes to give your trusted engine and lawn mower, leaf blower, tiller, hedge trimmer, etc. a little TLC which will add years to it's life and make it much easier on you in the Spring.

The following steps are all easy to do and they will make a huge difference in the Spring when you need your power tools again:

1. Remove as much of the fuel as you can with a siphon and then run the engine until it runs out of fuel. Leaving that gasoline sitting in your tank and in your engine will cause problems with starting in the Spring. That way you will not have a problem in the Spring when you fire it up again. Regards, Joe

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Lawnmowers; mine is not starting. First use this year I believe the fuel might be gummed up from sitting over winter. How do I clean this out?


When gasoline sits for an extended period of time the "varnish" builds up inside the carburetor and can keep your engine from running. If you suspect that this has happened, the only good solution is to first replace the carburetor, and then ALWAYS use a Fuel Stabilizer every time you buy gas for your lawn mower.

Also, at the end of a season, it is always a good idea to run the engine until it is dry and out of gas before storing the lawn mower over the winter. A fuel stabilizer should keep your gas fresh over the winter, and the lawn mower will start up quickly in the spring. If you are the cautious type, always buy fresh gas at the beginning of every season, and NEVER forget the fuel stabilizer no matter what. Gas starts turning bad after just 30 days....

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what oil to I use in toro self propelled lawn mover is 5w30 ok


Hi jonconbuck...
5W30 is ok during the winter season...but use 10W30 or 30 W non detergent during the summer season
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Sep 11, 2011 | Toro Power Lawn Mower

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toro timecutter spits and sputters when blades are engaged


Did you drain the fuel before you put it away? If not then you should drain the fuel and clean the carb. Gas when in lawn mowers and any other small gas engine will turn into a slim in a way and will block the carb. Drain the fuel and clean the carb system will run great when that is done

Feb 19, 2009 | Toro Lawn Mower With Toro Power Tools

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** Help Starting **Yard Machine 21inches 139cc


amiseybold;

First check for spark. Remove the spark plug. Leave the spark wire connected. Hold the plug against the metal of the mower engine so you have a ground and can see the gap of the electrode where the spark jumps across. Have someone pull the starter cord and verify that you have a spark. Hold it by the threads of the plug so you don't get a little spark jolt yourself.

go to an auto parts store and get a can of starter spray (it's actually ether), Remove the lawnmower spark plug and spray a little ether in the plug hole. Put the plug back and tighten it and see if it starts.
It will probably start, run for 5 or 10 seconds and then die. Repeat this procedure once or twice again and eventually it will start to draw gas from the lawnmower tank.

A seasonal tip. when you put the mower up for the winter, **** the remaining gas out of the tank, start the engine and let it run until it uses up the gas in the carburetor. This will make iot much easier to start in the spring

Hope this helps Good Luck Loringh PS Please give me a rating

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