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Hey thanks. My Mom's Toro 20018 lawn mower has

Hey thanks. My Mom's Toro 20018 lawn mower has NEVER started right as they guaranteed. Warranty has expired. The starter turns the motor over but it wont kick off and run, it sputters after a few tries but won't run. I've cleaned the filter, changed the plug. It's a pain to work with. I'm trying the easiect stuff first before I have to break down and take it to a mech, so is the carb out of adjustment somehow, and if so, how do I adjust it? Thanks.

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Should have had it taken care of while still under warranty.
You have carb issues. In google they will tell you how to adjust various makes of carbs after you clean them out or get a new one.

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SOURCE: hard starting and poor running

Hi,

Try running the engine without the filter and check if the idle would smoothen, maybe a little high. If problem persist, then it would be fuel delivery problem. If the idle is constant (but high), then some sort of blockage on the air filter or a vacuum leak.


Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Hi, Check that you have the correct spark plug fitted or fit a new one as it sounds like your plug is getting hot then shorting out.
Sometimes the magnito can do this as well. but I would start with the plug.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Toro Tecumseh mower won't start or stay running

Sounds like you need to clean the carburetor. If you need tips on how to do this, just let me know.

Jim

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SOURCE: Toro lawn mower. Have trouble starting(starts and

Remove the float bowl located under the carburetor it is a 1/2 bolt some gas will poor out so put a rag under the carb to soak up the gas, you actually may want to use a small container to collect the gas or make sure the gas tank is empty, remove the float bowl after removing the bolt by grasping it and turning, the bowl will most likely have debree and water in it clean with a rag and solvent and reinstall, becareful of the ruuber ring gasket when reinstalling the float bowl, one some movers there is no float bowl if you have this type of engine the tank and carb must be removed disassembled and clean out. Do not store mowers uncovered they must be covered when not in use, water gets into the fuel system and causes this problem.

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SOURCE: Murray 4.5 hp Q lawn mower runs rough and smokes.

White smoke indicates that it is burning oil. The smoke would be black if it was running rich. So probably the rings will need to be replaced eventually. These mowers are prone to problems but the carbie is least likely to be the problem. So before you adjust the carbie take the cover off the top and give it a good clean and check that all the hoses are connected and are not cracked. Then make sure the airfilter is clean, blow it out with an air compessor or better still get a new one. Then try it out agian. If this doesn't help there is two screws on the carby marked L and H. Turn these only 1/8th of a turn at a time and note or make their current position. Start with the H scew with the mower at full revs. Turn anti clockwise untill you get max revs then turn it back a bit. Running too lean will over heat the motor and damage it. Then if needed adjust the L (or Low)screw. If you get black or grey smoke when you push the throttle up from idle to full its too rich so turn clockwise. If if slows before it picks up to full revs turn anti clockwise.

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