Small Engine Problems? Ask an Engine Mechanic for Answers ASAP
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We need to determine if you have a spark problem or fuel problem. Remove a spark plug and with it grounded to the metal , crank engine and see if there is spark at the electrode. If there is spark, put about a teaspoon of fuel into the spark plug hole, re-install the spark plug, and see if the engine will fire for a few seconds.
If it turns out to be a fuel problem, check the fuel shutoff solenoid # XXXXX it has to click open as soon as key is turned on.
Mounted in the base of the carburetor.
so I just hold the plug with the cap still connected and hold it close to the metal?
Yes, that is all you need to do. The starter solenoid will have nothing to do with spark or fuel.
if i get spark then i add the fuel in the hole where the spark plug was? Then put the plug back in and crank the engine?
Yes, if it fires, you have fuel problem .
how do i fix a fuel problem?
Did you see the fuel shutoff solenoid picture. That would be my guess as to what the problem is. When did the engine last run?
late last fall
i emptied the tank before winter set in.
Even running tank dry, there is always small amount of gas left in the carburetor and it could have stuck the needle valve in the carburetor. # XXXXX in the diagram.
Did you use any fuel stabilizer.
The fuel solenoid has to have voltage as soon as key is turned on , do you hear it click when you turn on key? No click, no fuel.
no click heard
No click? I would start there, use test light to see if you have voltage or use a voltmeter.
is it possible to replace from dealer?
don't replace it until you test it.
i dont; have a voltmeter and really wuldn;t know how to test...
Can you remove it? it just screws in. Then plug the hole and see if mower will start.
Engine does not need it to run.
Let me know, I will be on line. Thank you.
too late this evening. I'll be fine. I'll do alittle more research. Thx for your help.