What to Do When Your Lawn Mower Starts Then Dies

Everyone likes to spend some time in the lawn to make their mind fresh. Now for that, you need a beautiful lawn. So, if you decide to tinker with your lawn then a good lawn mower is what you will need. But if it stops working within a few seconds of starting then that can spoil your mood rather than make it good.

Here I’m going to share with you how to fix the dying problem of your lawn mower easily.

Things you’ll need

At first, you can gather some supplies which can prove helpful sometime throughout the process of finding the problem. It’s not much just some basic things like gas and oil siphon that comes in an aerosol can which is very effective in removing gas and oil. Or a carburetor cleaner to remove sticky dirt piled up on carburetor parts. If you are not a frequent user of mower, then using a gas stabilizer can keep your gas fresh for more than a year.

Finding the Root of the Problem

A lawn mower is a very simple piece of machine that anyone can handle. But finding the problem in it can sometimes be tricky. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. Though it’s no rocket science level critical problem. But if you are not familiar with lawn mower that much then you may not know which part is causing the problem. In that case, you’ll just have to check the lawn mower part by part until you find the root of the problem. That’ll kill too much of your precious time for sure.

It sounds like a lot of work but don’t worry. I will walk you through this process as simple as possible. So, let’s begin our hunt.

Check the Fuel Line

The fuel line is the one thing where you should give your focus first. This is where the fuel comes from, to power the engine, and run your mower. Your mower can experience a power shortage to stay running for some blockage in the fuel supply line. That’s why you’ll have to check it first.

You must check the fuel line thoroughly and ensure that there’s no dirt or debris on the line or with the fuel. If there’s any then you must clean the dirt and then try to restart your mower.

Dirty Old Gasoline

Very old fuel in the engine which gets dirty over time can clog the carburetor. Lawn mower engine stalling can happen because of the clogged carburetor. So, change old gasoline if there’s any. Then clean the carburetor and try restarting the lawn mower to check if it’s fixed.

Faulty Choke

A faulty choke can cause a serious problem to the engine. A choke is a metal flap that just chokes off air entering the carburetor. Basically, it just keeps the mower engine cool. So, if it isn’t working properly that means the engine is now hotter than it should be. So, if the flap doesn’t open then the engine will get more gas than needed which can cause the engine to stall.

You can remove the air filter of your mower and move the choke lever to make sure that the choke is working properly.

Check the Air Filter

The air filter controls the air flow into the carburetor which directly affects how the mower performs. It doesn’t need saying that it should be clean and clear all the time. To make sure it’s clean, check the side of the mower which has an air filter box. Now remove it and look at the white mesh part. If there’s any trace of dirt it will look brown. If there’s dirt, then there are two things you can do. Either just shake it so the dirt blows away or carefully bang the filter with the metal mesh facing up to get rid of the dirt.

Clean the Bolt ports

Your lawn mower can die if the tiny ports on the bolt are jammed. To clean it just take the bolt out and use a wire to clean through the small port area. Reach deep down through the port to make sure the hole is clean on the inside because the gas gets drawn in through there.

And that should enable you to find and solve your dying mower problem. Make sure to replace any parts that is very old. That’s all for today. Stay problem free.

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