Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/lawn mower


My Craftsman ride on lawnmower will not start in the cold. Every time I try to turn it over after 5 min, the battery goes dead. Choke is up, oil in it, new gas, new tune up kit except the plugs, and it still will not start. Weather outside is under 30*. Why is it not starting? I need to plow my driveway, LOL.

Are you still using SAE-30W oil?  If so, I would change the oil to a lighter viscosity for winter. How old is the mower and battery?  Have you always used the same oil for summer and winter?  What engine do you have?

I would also replace the spark plugs as well.  

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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