Question about Poulan 38-Inch Steel Deck 15.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 5 Speed
Briggs and Stratton engines are very good in general. Did you store it over the winter and are just now trying to start it?
Troubleshooting Points from their manual:
Engine out of fuel, engine not choked properly,engine flooded, Bad Spark Plug, Dirty Air Filter, Dirty Fuel Filter, Water in Fuel, Loose or Damaged Wiring, Carburetor out of Adjustment, Engine Valves Out of Adjustment.
Did it work last year?
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
Hello,kindly check if the fuel tank has enough fuel because this can also prevents it to start.
If your lawnmower won't start, you hear a clicking sound and you've checked all the usual suspects by insuring that the battery is fully charged and will provide the starting load, the spark plug is connected and non of the safety devices like having the machine in gear or the blades engaged are causing the problem, the next place to check is the solenoid. The solenoid is usually easily accessible and is an electromagnetic switch that engages when you energize the ignition - by turning the key to the start position
If you lift the engine cowling and look to the rear of the engine you will see the solenoid. The positive (red) and negative (black) battery wires will be attached to it at heavy posts as well as some other electrical wires connected to smaller posts. First try gently tapping it with a rubber mallet. Sometimes this electromagnetically activated switch gets stuck. If that doesn't work, you can try jumping the solenoid switch. The safest way is to take your battery jumper cables and using just one of the jumper wires, connect one side to the negative post (black) on the solenoid and then touch the other side to the positive post (red) of the solenoid. Make sure your key is in the on position and the lawn mower is otherwise ready to start. Be careful that the jumper wires do not become tangled as the engine starts. Also, someone sitting in the seat to prevent any mishap is the recommended and safest procedure.
wish you good luck,
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Posted on Jul 18, 2010
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