Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/1997 mxz 440


Can't get it running after it sat all summer is there a prime button.  I keep taking spark plugs out add a touch of fuel runs for a sec then nothing

Since it starts for a second by priming then you know you have a fuel problem.  Did you remvoe the carburetor float bowl nut and drain the oil fuel from the carburetor(s)?

Did you drain all the old fuel from the fuel tank and re-fill with new fuel?

Is the fuel shut-off valve in the on position?

Did you check the fuel pump operation by removing the fuel line from the carburetor and then trying to start the engine?  Fuel should pump/come out of the fuel line when you pull the starter cord.

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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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