Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Toro Lawn Mower won't start


I have a Toro Front wheel drive mower. it will not start. Last time I took it to he Repair shop, as soon as I unloaded it, it started right up!  After that, it takes many pulls to start.  This time it won't start at all!  It has fresh gas, new Air filter, and new plug.

Do you have a primer that you push to start the mower?

Is the air filter clean?

Do you have spark?

What is the 5 digit Toro model number located on the model number sticker?

The most likely problem based on what you described is a dirty carburetor.  Did you try draining the carburetor bowl and seeing if draining the carburetor gas out of the carburetor bowl resolves the problem?


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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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