Question about Poulan Pro " Pro" Self Propelled Mower
The throttle mechanism on the engine will not budge. My daughter, who owns the mower said it suddenly started "acting up" and stopped working. It appears that she may have broken one of the plastic cable clamps trying to get the throttle linkage to move. I pulled the cable from the upper clamp and tried to pull the cable by hand and it wouldn't budge. I the disconnected the lower cable attachment. I then tried to manipulate the throttle mechanism with no cable at all and it still wouldn't budge. I even tapped on it with a small ball peen hammer, again with negative results. What can the problem be.
Try 'break free' or any kind of penetrating spray around the throttle. Give it 15 min to soak in and try it again. Make sure you are pushing/tapping on the moving part and not the stationary piece. Should be another linage from there to the actual carb. Check that it is free and moving easily. Cable problems usually are inside the cabel,rust etc that binds the cable but you should be able to move the actuator w/a pliers with the cable unattached. Good luck
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Mower blades locked
You may have broke the flywheel key. if that broke it will not start. The key is important for the proper ignition timing. They break so you dont damage the crankshaft. It may be a big job if you dont know your way around a small engine.
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
Well you have done everything that there is to do. What did you set the gap between the new coil and the flywheel?
You may want to try the old plug to see if the new plug is bad. Would not be the first time that I have seen a new plug that was bad. Do you have a spark plug checker? It will show any spark as it jumps a gap.
Posted on Apr 25, 2011
Two things likely happened, but one is real bad and I think that both probably happened here. The lesser of the two is a sheared flywheel key, which explains why it will not start. The greater is a bent shaft which is why it is so hard to turn even with the spark plug removed. To check for the bent shaft, remove the spark plug and tip the deck enough to get a good look at the blades and turn the blade. If there is a wobble of any kind then the shaft is bent. Also if the shaft is bent, with a push mower it is not cost effective to repair unless you are willing to do it yourself.
Posted on Aug 17, 2011
Testimonial: "Thanks for the advice. I will remove the flywheel and see whats there."
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