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I am unable to start my powerbase lawnmower. I have not used it since last summer. There is sufficient petrol and oil. What could be the problem? I have also stupidly lost the instruction manual.

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Have your carb looked at. If you ran it dry before you stored it last Fall then it may be worse. The small inlets and jets can become clogged with varnished gasoline. A carb rebuild kit is usually cheap and can be done by the moderate home mechanic. If this is the problem, in the future use Stabil gas treatment.

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Hey Graham:

Here is an owner's manual for your lawnmower.

sysdoc.doors.ch/HONDA/31VA5030.PDF

Enjoy!

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