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Curtis B.
Curtis B., Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 25638
Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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JA: Hi. What seems to be the problem?
Customer: I am trying to use my mower for the first time this season and it won't start. Fresh gas and oil.
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Customer: When I prime it, hold the lever down and pull the starter it turns over but won't start
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Customer: Not that I am aware of. It worked fine last fall
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
Can you remove the spark plug and ground into the metal of the engine, and turn engine and watch for spark. If it has spark, put a teaspoon of fuel into the spark pug hole, re-install the spark plug and see if it will start.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Before I do that, could the problem be that it is last season's gas?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
I can be, but you would need to drain the carburetor to get new fuel to the engine.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Should I try the spark plug thing first?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
I would, but that is your choice to make!
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok! Where is the spark plug located?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
Follow the heavy spark plug cable on the back of the engine, direct to it. Remove the wire, and there will be the spark plug. screwed into the cylinder head.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 5 months ago.
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