Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/My earlier question


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I mowed the front yard.. Turned it off for about 20 min.. Tried to start it> backfired once and still did not turn over... I Did not hit anything, ... I cleaned the spark plug checked all wiring fuses.. still nothing, do you have any recommendations?  Its about a 2 year lawn mower maybe used it 25/35 times.

If so, you need to verify you have spark as a safety switch may be prevening spark.  Another test you can use to test/verify spark is to remove the air filter and prime the engine with fresh gas to see if it will start.  I use a small bottle, a cheap ketchup bottle with a tapered tip, as a priming bottle.  Just fill will a little bit of fresh gas then squirt directly into the carb and see if the engine will start.  This will tell you if you have a fuel or spark problem.

Let me know what happens when you try to start by priming the engine.

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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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