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In my prep for the season, I tipped the lawn mower on its side to put a sharpen blade on. I couldn't get it to start & found oil inside where the air filter is.

Read on Fixya about a push mower & removing spark plug & pull 5 or 6 times & put a teaspoon of gas in hole. Going to replace air filter too. Will this work? I've never had a problem before & usually starts after 2 pulls.

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  • Geo Geisler May 03, 2015

    I tried it but didn't work. I went ahead & bought a new carb but now there's gas coming out from the muffler. I don't understand that and would appreciate any help.

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Get some starter fluid...tahe the filter off ...spray starter fluid up into the carb(two or three short squirts...it should start up but maybe go dead...keep doing this until you burn the oil off and out (might smoke some)

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    I tried it but didn't work. I went ahead & bought a new carb & tried it again but now there's gas coming out of the muffler. How could that happen & what should I do now? I would appreciate any help.

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It could work

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The would have come out of the breather into the air cleaner. This clogs the breather and causes a rich fuel condition.
New air cleaner and a spark plug clean should see it fire up again.

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    I tried it & didn't work. I went ahead & bought a new carb & now gas is coming out of the muffler. I don't understand how that could happen?! Would appreciate any help.

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If the mower starts and runs, then shut it off.
Find the spark plug.
Now, tip the machine up on its side WITH THE SPARK PLUG UP.
(If you do not, and if you tip it the wrong way, you can fill the combustion chamber with oil and ruin the machine when you try to start it again.)
Once it is tipped, look under the machine, and feel the blade to see if it is tight or loose on the motor shaft, and also if it needs to be sharpened.
If loose, tighten it.
If dull, sharpen it.
God bless your efforts.

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Every winter when the grass stops growing and we walk away from our lawnmowers, weedeaters, edgers, blowers, ect. we tend to complain when they will not start when it's time to start using them again. A simple little tip that will help this problem is to treat your fuel through out the season. Your only other option would be to turn the fuel off and run the fuel out of the carburator until the engine dies. Then drain the fuel out of the tank. When it comes time to use your equipment again, it will start because it has fresh fuel.......and you won't be complaining. This would also be a good time to change your oil, grease your unit, clean/change your air filters, fuel filters, ect. sharpen or change your blades, replace worn belts, ect. When it comes time to use them again, you will be glad you did.

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A lawn mower that gas comes out of the exhaust.


It sounds like the float in the carburetor is stuck in the open position.This will allow fuel to flow through the carb and out the muffler.

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PLENTY OF COMPRESSION BUT PUMPS OUT OIL THROUGH THE EXHAUST


check your oil level, sounds like its overfull or did you have it tipped on its side changing or sharpening blade, this will cause it too

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How do I get my lawn mower ready for spring time use?


This is what a "General service" looks like at www.arcolawn.com
  • (Mower 2 cycle GS)
GENERAL SERVICE:
1. SHARPENED & BALANCED BLADE
2. REMOVED BLOWER HOUSING & CLEANED COOLING FINS
3. REPLACED SPARK PLUG
4. FLUSHED FUEL SYSTEM
5. CLEANED CARBURETOR HOUSING
6. LUBED CABLES
7. CHECKED OIL SEALS
8. SERVICED AIR FILTER
9. CLEANED EXHAUST PORTS
10. TESTRAN & ADJUSTED.

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GENERAL SERVICE 1. SHARPENED & BALANCED BLADE 2. REMOVED BLOWER HOUSING & CLEANED COOLING FINS 3. REPLACED SPARK PLUG 4. CHANGED OIL 5. FLUSHED FUEL SYSTEM 6. CLEANED CARBURETOR 7. LUBED CABLES 8. CHECKED OIL SEALS 9. SERVICED AIR FILTER 10. TEST RAN & ADJUSTED.


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Tune up
1.TIGHTENED ENGINE MOUNTING BOLTS
2. INSPECTED BOTTOMOIL SEAL.
3.TEST GOVERNOR OPERATION & ADJUSTEDRPM'S.
4.CHECK SHAFT BEARING.
5.REMOVED BLOWER HOUSING &CLEANED COOLING SYSTEM.
6. REPLACED SPARK PLUG
7.CHANGED OIL.
8.REPLACED OR CLEANED AIR FILTER.
9.ADJUST FUEL/AIR MIXTURE & SPEED LIMIT SCREWS.
10.REPLACED FUEL FILTERS AS REQUIRED.
11.CHECK FUELLINES, VALVES, & CLAMPS.
12.INSTALL FRESH FUEL IN GASTANK.
13.SHARPEN BLADE(S) & CLEAN UNDER BLADE COVER.
14.CHECK DECK, EXAMINE BELTS, PULLEYS.
15. EXAMINETRANSMISSION/DIFFERENTIAL FLUID LEVELS,
16.CHECKGREASE FITTINGS, WHEELS, WHEEL BEARINGS, HEIGHTADJUSTER.
17. CHECK CABLES & CONTROLS ADJUST BRAKE &CLUTCH.
18. CHARGE & TEST BATTERY. (IF EQUIPPED).
19. TESTSAFETY SYSTEMS.
20.REMOVED CYLINDER HEAD & CHECKEDCYLINDER FOR WEAR/DAMAGE. CHECKED ROD BEARINGPLAY. 21.CHECKED VALVES FOR PITTING, WARPING, CARBONBUILDUP & SEATING.
22.CHECKED VALVE STEM CLEARANCESFOR EXCESSIVE WEAR.
23.CLEANED CARBON BUILDUP FROMCOMBUSTION CHAMBER.
24.MACHINED HEAD FLAT.
25.CHECKEDTIMING KEY FOR DAMAGE.
26.CLEANED OR REPLACED POINTSAND CONDENSER (AS NEEDED).
27. SET TIMING. ADJUSTEDMAGNETO AIR GAP.
28.CHECKED THROTTLE SHAFT FOREXCESSIVE WEAR & REPLACED IF NEEDED.
29.DISASSEMBLED& CLEANED CARBURETOR. REPLACED DIAPHRAGM, NEEDLE &SEAT, NEEDLE VALVES ETC. AS NEEDED.(see carburetor section)



I hope this helps! get parts for the service at a dealer like www.arcolawn.com

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This can be happening from a couple of reasons, first if your grass is too damp this will happen with almost any mower, wait till the lawn dries out before cutting, you may be cutting the lawn when it is too high, try cutting it twice a week maybe this will help, you may try to raise the cut setting eliminating the amount of grass clippings that you have accumulated, if you are mulching or using the bag be sure the chute is clear, and lastly be sure you are running at a higher speed to push through the terrain.
Happy Mowing!!

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I have a partner 431s any tips on starting after winter storage?


replace the plug.always use fresh gas clean the air filter change the oil and sharpen the blade..good luck

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I have a gas Yard Machine Lawn Mower by Briggs and Stratton. I cannot keep it running and it is loosing oil. What do I need to do?


May be time for a tune up. Replace spark plug, air filter, change oil and sharpen blade. You may have some water in your gas. I would check to see where it is leaking oil. It may be the oil seal on the pto(bottom) side of the engine leaking and needs to be replaced.

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Having a hard time to fill the bag and almost not cutting grass


Well it could be your blade on the mower, over the years i have had to profect my blade sharpening skills.

sometimes when a blade is shapened its not done correctly causeing a lack in the blade tossing the grass properly and more or less turning into mulch on the lawn.

You should have your blades on a push mower if used once a week through out the season sharpened once a season then

if you have large amounts of rocks, sticks and pinecombs then 2x a year

if you only use it here and there then ushally ever 2 years is good.


another issue could be the engine bogging down when going over heavy or wet grass. this is no fun..

what I do with my lawn mower is clean the bottom and spray it with PAM cooking spray has been far the best solution, spraying the bottom of the deck and blade.

Now saying that if you try this method then remember no wet grass so dont over water your lawn.

some people like to use POR 15 on the under side of their mowers as well but I havent tryed this yet but hear it works great.

so there is ways to prevent slow and no discharge into the grass catcher.

hope this helps but yes I would say clean the underside of your mower and have you blade sharpened by a professional. dosent cost much and so much more worth it.

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