Troubleshooting a Push Mower That Won’t Start
There are a few common reasons why a push mower might not start. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you get your mower running again:
Check the fuel
Make sure that the fuel tank is full of fresh gasoline. Old gasoline can go bad and prevent the engine from starting. If the fuel tank is empty, fill it up with fresh gasoline. If the fuel tank is full, try draining the old gasoline and replacing it with fresh gasoline.
Check the spark plug
The spark plug is responsible for igniting the fuel in the engine. If the spark plug is dirty or damaged, it can prevent the engine from starting. To check the spark plug, remove it from the engine and inspect it. If the spark plug is dirty, clean it with a wire brush. If the spark plug is damaged, replace it.
Check the air filter
The air filter prevents dirt and debris from entering the engine. If the air filter is dirty, it can restrict the flow of air to the engine and prevent it from starting. To check the air filter, remove it from the engine and inspect it. If the air filter is dirty, clean it with compressed air. If the air filter is damaged, replace it.
Check the choke
The choke is a mechanism that restricts the flow of air to the engine. This helps to enrich the fuel mixture and make it easier for the engine to start. If the choke is not engaged, the engine will not start. To check the choke, make sure that it is in the “choke” position when you try to start the engine.
Check the fuel filter
The fuel filter removes dirt and debris from the fuel before it reaches the engine. If the fuel filter is clogged, it can restrict the flow of fuel to the engine and prevent it from starting. To check the fuel filter, remove it from the fuel line and inspect it. If the fuel filter is clogged, replace it.
Check the battery
If your push mower has a battery, make sure that it is charged. A dead battery will not provide enough power to start the engine. To check the battery, use a voltmeter to measure the voltage. The voltage should be at least 12 volts. If the voltage is below 12 volts, charge the battery.
Check the starter motor
The starter motor is responsible for turning the engine over. If the starter motor is not working, it will not be able to start the engine. To check the starter motor, try to start the engine. If the engine does not start, the starter motor may be faulty.
If you have checked all of these things and your push mower still won’t start, you may need to take it to a qualified technician for further diagnosis.
Here are some additional tips to help you prevent your push mower from not starting:
- Always use fresh gasoline.
- Keep the air filter clean.
- Keep the fuel filter clean.
- Charge the battery regularly.
- Store your push mower in a dry place.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your push mower will start every time you need it.