Why does my mower stall?


Top Reasons why your mower stalls:

  • Gas- how old is the gasoline you are using? Is it last years, month? The gas you get at the gas station has a shelf life of 3 weeks - tops! After three weeks the ethanol in the fuel attracts water and will make your mower hard to start or not start at all. Even if you drain your fuel at this point most likely it will still not start until the carb is removed and cleaned. Which brings us to the next conclusion. Once the water from the ethanol reaches your carb it will cause your mower to stall.

  • mower was tipped incorrectly -this is a common occurance- mowers are to be tipped two ways either by pushing down on handles all the way or tipping the mower so that the air cleaner is on top. Tipping when the air cleaner is down causes the oil to leak into the air intake causing the mower to smoke and then eventually stall. Sometimes it will not start at all.

  • poor maintenance- When is the last time you looked at your air cleaner? If air can't get in then your mower will either stall or not start at all. If you have dusty conditions your air cleaner needs to be changed twice a season. Sometimes it is as easy as changing your sparkplug! Simple inexpensive things you can do to save your mower!

  • Gas Cap - this sounds too good to be true right? It happens more frequently than you think. If you gas cap is clogged and not venting, it will not get gas to your carburetor. Your mower will start and run for a couple minutes and then die. Once it cools down it will start back up again and then die. Take your cap off and test run the mower if it stays running, its your gas cap.

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