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Basic lawnmower spring maintenance

Before it gets too late its worth firing up the lawnmower (and any other garden power tools) to make sure they are running well for the coming months. Here are a few basic tips to make sure it will be worry free for the summer.

Give it gas: fill it up with fresh quality gasoline (mixed properly with fresh oil if its a 2 stroke). Old gas is not the same as new gas, volatile compounds will evaporate over time leaving you with gas that is harder to burn. Ideally you have used up everything in the tank the previous fall.

Let it breathe: make sure the air filter is clean. For foam filters you can just clean them with a bit of gasoline (you can use the old stuff if you still have some). Paper filters need to be replaced, typically every year.

Light the fire: a strong spark is the key to reliable ignition. If the first two tips don't give good results its probably time to change the spark plug.

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My Garden line ,Aldi lawnmower isnt running well. It is smoking, running slowly,back firing and, using lots of fuel.I have changed the oil and the fuel to no effect. can you help?

if it isnt the spark plug

is this the same aldi mower
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did you tip the mower over the wrong way and oil got into the valve cover or carby

the carby is a metal bowl with a 10 mm drain nut
undo that see if fuel is clean and flowing

best bet is it needs a carby clean or throttle cable adjustment
maybe even a govenor adjustment

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