Can't Mow My Lawn

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  1. Von Jones

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    For the past two maybe three weeks I have been trying to mow our lawn but I can't. What's the problem? It starts then dwindles to a stop after a minute. So I began to check the gas, oil, filter and sparkplug. Gas, check, oil changed, filter,checked and now the sparkplug. Hmmm, where is it?o_O I checked the operator's manual, stupid writers, there was nothing mentioning where the sparkplug is located.:mad: Trust me, nada just a picture of a sparkplug and 'general recommendations' on what to do like I don't know that. I did find out what this little green thing was for though.:D

    I turned to YouTube and just watched a bunch of videos to see what I overlooked and finally found one that may help me at tomorrow's search attempt. In the meantime my grass grows higher and higher.o_O
     
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    We have a cordless mower ( battery operated)...no more messing with fuel, or electric cord..it's brilliant.

    Hope you managed to get yours going again Von...
     
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    Thanks @Holly Saunders. If I can't get it started I'll just buy a used one at the flea market Sunday. An old beat up one, lol.
     
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    My lawnmower has run like crap for the past couple of summers. It runs so bad that my neighbor across the street could hear it, and came over to see if he could figure out what was wrong with it. He couldn't get it to run any better than it is. I couldn't get it to start summer before last without removing the air filter. Since lawnmowers don't cost very much, I figured I'd just junk it when it didn't start anymore and get a new one. But each spring, it starts up, and it cuts the lawn. I haven't tried it yet this year, and I'm almost hoping it won't start so I can get new one.
     
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    @Ken Anderson watch out for all the bells and whistles. That 'green' thing that I mentioned is for a hose to wash the underside of the lawnmower. I'm sure those words sounded sweet to my husband but it hasn't been used since he made the purchase.

    He bought it home unassembled and couldn't figure it out. I told him to take it back and have the store assemble it cause I would have asked for a refund and bought a different one.
     
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    The problem with the sparkplug really sounds strange. Should it be so hidden in your mower? Usually it is easily accessible. You can find it somewhere on top of the cylinder detectable through its cap and a cord. I used to have a Honda mower where it was like I described. The reason, as I understand it, is that it's built in at such a prominent position, apart from facilitating maintenance, that you can easily loosen the cap as a safety precaution against unwanted starting.
    Good luck with your search. Watching videos is what I also do whenever there is a problem. There are many and in many cases they help. Have had to mow 4-5 times this year using an electric one because I prefer cord trouble to gas, oil, filter and sparkplug problems. :D
     
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    Usually the problem with small engines is that fuel gets left in the carbuerator over winter, then the carb is gummed up the following spring. Your float may be stuck. That may be why it starts then dies. For future reference, turn the gas off and let the engine die of starvation before storing it for long periods. The gas may get gummy in the tank if you don't use preservative in it, but at least your carb won't be gummed. I'm no expert, though. Maybe mechanics or engineers have other ideas.
     
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    craftsman 003.jpg
    Showing location of gas tank

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    Front of lawnmower

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    showing location of filter and that green thing(deck wash hook-up)
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    showing location of oil tank

    I'm up early because I wanted to see if the video from YouTube was helpful. I still didn't find the sparkplug.

    Now if any one of you can see a sparkplug I give kudos to you.
     
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    It’s at the front of the mower, real close to the cover. We have one just like it and yes, it’s a bit hard to find and work with but if you tip the front up, or do the hands and knees thing, you’ll see the plug wire and cap.

    If the plug is clean or you put a new one in it and it still doesn’t start, please refer to @Don Alaska’s post. It has a plastic-like carb instead of the old metal ones and they gum up really easy.
     
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    Call it "lucky" or whatever, but we don't need a lawn mower anymore. But, sure remember mowing at our last house in Colorado. I think if I ever had to mow again, it would definitely have to be a riding lawn mower.
     
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    I took a look and looked again. My thoughts; none at first. I'm shaking my head. No wonder the location wasn't mentioned - they couldn't even see it. This definitely causes for a call to the manufacturer.
     
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    Just a follow up. I did find the spark plug. I also contacted the manufacter regarding the operator's manual lack detail on this today.
     
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    Item: Craftsman 21" Lawn Mower
    Model: 247.377300
    When: Not Within Year

    Please check the owners/operators manual. I was very frustrated when I
    couldn't find the spark plug on this lawn mower. The Operator's Manual
    doesn't show where the location of the spark plug is. I searched front
    to back and still couldn't find out where the spark plug is. Not
    indicated on any of the diagrams either. How couldn something like this
    be overlooked? If it is part of general maintenance mentioned in the
    manual I would think that it would be indicated as well.

    Fortunately I found someone who also have the same model and was able to
    direct me to the location. They even stated it was very well hidden.

    Thank you.
     
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    Hummmm...........I think we could use a good diplomat at the state department level. Perhaps you might be interested @Von Jones ?
     
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    You can tell I didn't proofread my text but my point was understood.

    I don't know about being a diplomat I'd settle for a check for a complete inspection and repair for our lawn mower or at the very least a revised operator's manual, lol.
     
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    When you remove your plug, clean and re-gap it.

    Hal
     
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    This is my first time ever doing maintenence on a lawn mower. I've watched many videos but haven't seen any on how to re-gap a sparkplug only to check the gap on a new one.
     
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    Regapping is the same process as checking the gap on new ones. Have you gotten your mower going yet? I was so amazed at my tiller. After sitting in the shed all winter, it started with the first pull. I am not so lucky with most of my other small engines. If you can't get it going, take it to a small engine shop. They will probably have it going in no time. I have so many engines here that I can't keep on top of everything, but when I store them for any extended time or over winter, I leave gas in the tank (usually) and drain the carburetor, as I have found (like I wrote above) that a gummed up carb is the most common problem I have after winter.
     
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    Thanks for explaining the re-gap. I had purchased a new sparkplug.

    Yes and no. I've been trying to get the carburator off but can't because of the two links attached.

    Each time I fiddle with it the mower runs for a longer period of time like it's not getting enough gas and there is gas in the tank.

    I could have it repaired but I'd like to try it myself.
     
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    Did you drain the tank and put fresh gas in it? You might try carb cleaner that you spray into the air intake (under the air cleaner) and, while you are at it, make sure the air cleaner isn't too dirty. It still sounds like some fuel system related issue, not an ignition issue, but it never hurts to change the plug.
     
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    Gas tank was emptied and fresh fuel added, oil tank was siphoned and fresh oil added, new sparkplug changed, new air filter. My son supplied me with carburator cleaner for small engines which is when things started going in the right direction.

    I did manage to empty the bowl of the carburator which hardly had any gas in it (don't know if that's how it's supposed to be.) It didn't start at all after I did that. The next day I tried it started up again but died. So that told me that the carburator needs a thorough cleaning.
     
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    Today I mowed my lawn. My cousin took a look at it and he was just as confused about how to get the carburetor off as I was but after I started the mower it was like a lightbulb turned on and he went directly to the problem. Get this, a little spring :eek:. He just moved it a notch and voila the mower didn't die on me. I am a happy camper. :)

    Note my correct spelling of carburetor.:rolleyes:
     
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    @Von Jones, I enjoyed reading your thread, because I had trouble with lawn mowers this spring also. Glad you finally got it working. I admire your can do attitude. You would have figured it out yourself eventually.

    I've got one I gave up on because it does the same thing. Now I'm going to go look for a spring.;)
     
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    My lawnmower is pretty old, and it was cheap, to begin with. Last year, it ran like crap but it still ran and it cut the lawn. I have never sharpened or replaced the blades because it's not like I live on a golf course. I figured I'd use it until it wouldn't start anymore but, for some reason, it started right up this year and sounds a lot better than it did last year, although I certainly haven't done anything to fix it.
     
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