Dad's Guide When Your Gas-Powered Lawn Mower Is Not Starting
Safety Tips Before Working on the Lawn Mower
1. Remove any ignition sources
2. Remove the spark plug or disconnect the lead
3. Read the instruction manual
4. Turn off the fuel tap
5. Drain the fuel tank
Common Reasons Why A Gas-Powered Lawn Mower Is Hard to Start
1. Old or bad fuel
How to fix it: Drain the old fuel and fill the tank with new fuel. Use a fuel additive to clean and stabilize the fuel system.
2. Faulty Spark Plug or Loose Connections
How to fix it: Remove the spark plug and look for signs of carbon buildup or a cracked porcelain insulator. Then, clean the spark plug with a wire brush or sandpaper. However, if you don’t want to go through this hassle, replace the spark plug with a new one. Ensure that they are gapped properly and that the spark plug wires are correctly connected.
3. Clogged Fuel Filter
4. Dirty Carburetor
5. Clogged Fuel Line
6. Faulty Ignition Switch or Coil
How to fix it: If the ignition switch or coil is faulty, replace them.
7. Damaged Safety Switch
Read our guide if you’re interested in knowing more reasons why your lawn mower won’t turn over.