Starting petrol propelled mower might be tough, especially if you are using it for the first time. The mower could refuse to start even if you are turning it on after the winter storage. Do you want to know how to make a petrol mower start the first time? Then read on further. Make sure you check the manual that came with the mower.
Position the Mower and Prepare Your Lawn
Clear the lawn from all the objects that can damage the mower’s blade. For example, find and remove all the toys, loose stones, hose pipes, and other similar objects from the garden. Put, the mower on a flat surface of your lawn.
Check the Fuel and Oil Level
Check the mower’s petrol tank and make sure there is enough fuel inside. If you were not using the mower for an entire season, then remove the old fuel. A 4-stroke engine uses unleaded petrol, but a 2-stroke needs some fuel mixing. Refill the mower as per the engine type.
You should also check the oil level with the given dipstick. Make sure that the fluid is within the marked range. A high or low oil level is not recommended. If you are using the mower for the first time, then fill it with the right amount of oil. You can find the quantity in the owner’s manual.
Inspect the Spark Plug
A spark plug is an important part of the combustion process because it is responsible to ignite the gas chamber. You can find this component on the engine. Check this plug and make sure it is properly connected. If the part is dirty, then clean and dry it using a soft cloth.
Clean the Air Filter
When was the last time you inspected the mower’s filter? It’s an important component that ensures none of the abrasive elements can enter your lawn tool. If the filter is clogged or blocked, it cannot maintain the proper flow of oxygen for the carburetor.
You will either find foam or a paper-made filter, depending upon the mowers’ make and model. Generally, you can clean the foam screens, but paper ones need replacement. Check the manual to see how you can clean or replace the filter.
Prime the Carburetor
Find the carburetor, which is generally a black or red button located somewhere on your mower’s engine. Push it 3 or 4 times to boost the gasoline flow to the carburetor. Do not push this button too many times. Otherwise, it will flood the engine. If the mower does not have a prime button, then skip this step. But, you can also check the manufacturer’s manual to see if there is an alternate.
Put the Throttle to Start Position
Some of the petrol mowers come with a throttle that you need to adjust before starting the engine. You can find this lever on the handle. Once the lever is at its start position, you need to pull the engine brake close to the handle. So, squeeze the brake’s lever so that it can touch the handle. Hold the handle and lever together.
Pull the Starter Rope
Pull the rope while holding the lever with the handle. Do not allow the rope to slip. Instead, gently guide the line back to its starting position. Leaving the rope is not good for the engine.
If the start rope is very hard to pull, then there might be some grass clipping stuck in between the blades. Remove the spark plug, turn the mower on its sides and clean all the grasses.
Sometimes you need to pull the line 2 or 3 times to start your mower. Modern petrol-dependent mowing machine comes with a start button instead of the rope. Some of them include both options. So, press the start button or pull the rope according to your mower’s model and mow the lawn.
Now you know how to start a lawnmower that won’t start. If you used the choke to start the engine and turn it off once the mower starts. If the tool comes with an electric startup, then recharge its battery and then try to turn on the engine. The cell might drain while your mower was stored during winters. Happy mowing.
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