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Lawn Mower Troubleshooting and Repair

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 in Lawn Mowers

The lawn mower is one of the most useful tools you can have around the house if you want to have a beautiful lawn and make landscaping chores easier. However, using and maintaining it is something different altogether, and it requires some skills and knowledge. That isn’t to say that you need a special degree in order to learn how to fix a broken lawn mower, but it does mean that you have to spend some time studying the instruction manual. If you know how to properly use and maintain a mower, you will avoid more serious problems and prolong its life. In what follows we are going to discuss lawn mower troubleshooting and show you some of the causes, as well as some of the most common solutions for a mower that won’t start.

Lawn mowers usually work on gas, fuel, so if you want to make sure they don’t get broken use quality fuel in the tank. If you experience lawn mower troubleshooting, one of the first things you should check is the gas tank; if it is empty, then the solution is to fill it back up, but if it is not and the mower still won’t start, it may be that the gas has been left in there for a long time and lost some of its properties. That being said, the first thing you need to learn is that if you leave the gas in the tank for more than 30 days without using it, chances are your mower won’t start when you want it to. Replace the old fuel with new one and try starting the tool once more.

The next thing you need to check with lawn mower troubleshooting is the spark plug; if you’ve owned the mower for a while now, you should know where the spark plug is located and how it is supposed to look when it is on. If it was not on, turn it so and try starting the mower. When that doesn’t work, use an appropriate wrench to remove the spark plug and analyze it to see whether it is fouled or damaged, or even soaked in oil, something that could lead to a malfunction of the mower. Not everyone is a natural handyman, so if you just can’t tell whether the spark is damaged or not, just buy a new one; this is one of the cheaper parts of a lawn mower, so it is better to make sure it functions appropriately.

One of the other common lawn mower troubleshooting causes may be a damaged brake cable; one way to check this is to pull the cable at a maximum, but without starting the mower. The whole idea is to see whether the cable pulls well or not; so when you pull it to the maximum by touching the handle, grab the cable with your other hand and try pulling it a bit more. If the cable allows you to stretch it some more, there is a chance the brake is the one troubleshooting your  mower and you need to have it tightened or replaced. Finally, you have to check the oil on your lawn mower regularly. Just like a good car, a good lawn mower requires quality oil in order to function properly and have a longer life. So make sure you always use the best products and check the oil levels regularly; the tank should have special markings that show you what the optimal oil level is.

These are the most common troubleshooting issues a lawn mower can face; with a little practice and patience, anyone can learn how to fix these issues or even better, how to prevent them from happening.