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Toro z5035 I've got very low to no spark on a z5035 mower on both plugs. Tried new plugs and no change. Fuel is getting to carbs and motor turns over good. Any ideas?

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SOURCE: Toro Lawn Mower Won't Start

this is a very common problem with these toro mowers. the needle valve in the bowl of the carb. is plugged up with dirt or varnish from the fuel. just under the primer bulb there is the carb bowl. it has a nut under it that holds it on remove the bowl and make sure fuel flows constantly while the bowl is off. push up on the float to stop the gas flow. this could be messy and dangerous. careful with the gas. its flammable. best solution is to remove the carb and soak it overnight in a parts cleaner like gunk. caution small parts inside. this happins every year on mine no matter what i do. seems like the orifice is so small it clogs easily. good luck

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SOURCE: 2007 Toro LX 425 Riding Mower, slow cranking.

check the starter see if it is going bad or not?

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Toro TimeCutter z4200 will not start

Toro Timecutter Z4200 mounts gas tank under seat and below carburetor. After first started, Z4200 will start OK again during mowing this period. But after some time passes (next mowing), gas evaporates from carburetor. Can run down battery using battery/starter getting gas backup through carburetor to start engine. This is poor Toro design, but good for service charges when replacing good components while trying to fix this problem.
Better solution is to add an outboard motor one-way squeeze bulb (approx. $15) between the fuel filter and the carburetor. Using the squeeze bulb for first start will prime the motor so that it will start without having to crank so long (which Toro says will burn up the starter). Toro saves $15/mower as well as selling new Z4200 starters.


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SOURCE: My riding lawn mower won't start. New battery

Spray starting fluid into the air box if it starts and dies out there is a fuel delivery problem if the mower has a petcock fuel shut of valve disconnect the fuel line after the petcock and hold a container under the hose turn on the valve to ensure gas flow to carb if there is no petcock valve I would still check the line to carb make sure gas flows through the hose to carb.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Our Toro Personal pacer Model 20031 lawn mower will not start;

i turn the key and it grinds

Posted on Dec 06, 2009

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