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Lawn mower will not start i put fuel in the oil housing by mistake drain it all out and now it does not run

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    Jim Parker May 11, 2010

    Did it run before this all began?

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Try flushing the oil and let it dry out but make sure you use the nut on bottom of lawn mower so you don't get any liquid in the cylinder. also try cleaning the cylinder.

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