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Turned mower on its side and changed the blade and now the pull rope is very hard to pull..its almost like the motor is locked up..I checked the shut off linkage cable,removed the spark plug, removed the muffler, removed the valve cover thinking it was just full of gas or oil and nothing works..

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Your piston cylinder is partially full of oil and/or gas. Take the spark plug out and pull the rope four or five times to blow everything out of the cylinder. If it's still hard to pull over with the plug out check the oil level in the crank case to see if it filled with gas while the mower was on its side. Make sure the plug is dry and clean and reinstall it. When it starts it's going to smoke a lot until it cleans out the cylinder.

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My push lawn mower is making a sputtering sound and leaking oil when it's running.

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