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.
Re: In my prep for the season, I tipped the lawn mower on...
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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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.
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.
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.
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.