Small Engine

Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

The mower string won't pull to start the engine. We have a…

Customer Question
The mower string won't pull...
The mower string won't pull to start the engine. We have a tb-110 push mower. husband said the blade underneath sounded funny, and then the mower cut off and won't start. any ideas?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Small Engine
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Answered in 10 minutes by:
7/2/2015
Technician: Vince O., Small Engine Technician replied 3 years ago
Vince O.
Vince O., Small Engine Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 2,934
Experience: Over 30 years experience repairing lawn and garden equipment. Chainsaws, mowers,blowers and trimmers
Verified
Hello, he may have hit a tree stump or a rock and could have bent the blade and the engine crankshaft. Twist the wire off of the spark plug and tilt the mower over-air filter side up and look for any scrapes or marks from blade hitting the deck.
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
i don't see any marks or scrapes
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
the screw seemed loose
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
when i tilted a lot of oil ran out of filter housing..i haven't added oil. it ran fine until i hit wet grass
Technician: Vince O., Small Engine Technician replied 3 years ago
A loose blade will cause the noise also.Make sure it is tight.I try to block the blade from moving by using a block of wood wedged between blade and housing.Use a piece of pipe as a breaker bar to make good and tight.
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a technicianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Curtis B. Your Own Question
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Curtis B., Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 15,342
15,342 Satisfied Customers
Experience: have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Curtis B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Curtis B.

Curtis B.

Technician

15,342 satisfied customers

have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Rick

Rick

Factory Authorized Trainer

4,218 satisfied customers

Outdoor Power Equipment technical trainer since 1990, covering eight states.

Jon K.

Jon K.

Small Engine Diagnostic Expert

2,995 satisfied customers

Gold certified Stihl tech, Service Manager for a rental/repair shop.Certified in most small engines

James W

James W

Small Engine Troubleshooting Expert

2,986 satisfied customers

7 years as Mechanic & Parts Manager for Brother who has Owned Lawn & Garden Repair shop for 35 years

Vince O.

Vince O.

Small Engine Technician

2,934 satisfied customers

Over 30 years experience repairing lawn and garden equipment. Chainsaws, mowers,blowers and trimmers

Wayne

Wayne

Engine Rebuilder

2,041 satisfied customers

many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines

RUSS

RUSS

SERVICE TECHNICIAN

1,723 satisfied customers

28 YEAR SERVICE TECHNICIAN

< Previous | Next >

Related Small Engine Questions
We have a Deere 60 inch mowing deck that keeps clogging
We have a John Deere 60 inch mowing deck that keeps clogging underneath and leaves 3 strips of grass when we cut (it appears where the blades meet or at the edges, I am not sure). It hasn't always don… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
I can't get the pull string to pull again I just had it
I can't get the pull string to pull again I just had it working then it suddenly stopped … read more
Mechanic01
Mechanic01
3,594 satisfied customers
I have a 2007 LA 150 riding mower, with tractor running I pull
I have a 2007 LA 150 riding mower, with tractor running I pull the switch to start up the mower and nothing happens,if I lift off the seat the mower starts for a few seconds and then wants to shut off… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,342 satisfied customers
i have a toro walk behind 52inch the tech i had working on
i have a toro walk behind 52inch the tech i had working on it said he has no idea what it is he changed the clutch twice and blades still will not stay on he thinks it is in the wiring but don't no we… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,342 satisfied customers
My husbands 14SB walk-behind mower wont start. Ive taken
My husband's 14SB walk-behind mower won't start. I've taken apart the pulley assembly (which kept sticking when I pulled it) and it freely pulls now that it's away from the fan(?). I've tried to manua… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,342 satisfied customers
I have an MTD Push mower model Series 020. I just bought it
I have an MTD Push mower model Series 020. I just bought it and put it together. I bought a brand new gas can and bought gas today and put it in the mower. Filled the oil to the full mark and started … read more
Jack
Jack
Manager/Tech/Kohler Expert Certified
488 satisfied customers
I have a Craftsman LTS2000 riding mower. Everytime I try
I have a Craftsman LTS2000 riding mower. Everytime I try to engage the blade the motor cuts out. My husband normally does the mowing so I'm not 100% sure I'm doing everything correctly, but I have ope… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
Ok, I just wrote. I was mowing, it seemed like I hit something
Ok, I just wrote. I was mowing, it seemed like I hit something (there were lots of apples around). Now when I pull the string it catches and won't start. My husband is out of town for a few months - c… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
Hi, I have a Craftsman self propelled mower, the last couple
Hi, I have a Craftsman self propelled mower, the last couple of times I used the mower it was difficult to start. The last time i used it the mower again was hard to start, after getting it started it… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,342 satisfied customers
I have a tecumseh 3.5 hp lawn mower. It is a gas operated
I have a tecumseh 3.5 hp lawn mower. It is a gas operated pull string start. I made sure that the cord is properly attached to the wheel, which in turn, turns other metal wheel properly. The problem i… read more
Rick
Rick
Factory Authorized Trainer
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,218 satisfied customers
I have a Cub Cadet SRC 621 six-speed. Was mowing tonight for
I have a Cub Cadet SRC 621 six-speed. Was mowing tonight for about 1/2 hour, then it stalls out and when I go to restart it, the pull cord only pulls about 4-5 inches and no more.… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
We have a deere lawn tractor LX280. When you are mowing it
We have a john deere lawn tractor LX280. When you are mowing it has a whistling noise which really hurts your ears. What do you think could be causing this problem?… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
I have a Craftsman walk behind mower with a Briggs-Stratton
I have a Craftsman walk behind mower with a Briggs-Stratton engine. When I tried to start it today the cord just wouldn't pull. I took the top off and the cord is not the problem. The engine won't tur… read more
Delsley Jr
Delsley Jr
Handyman & JustAnswer Expert
IT Certificate
552 satisfied customers
I have a Husqvarna 20-HP Hydrostatic 46 Cut Lawn Tractor and
I have a Husqvarna 20-HP Hydrostatic 46" Cut Lawn Tractor and ran over a stick. It stopped moving. The engine runs , make a funny noise but won't move front or back. I am hoping I can fix it without t… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
My wife was mowing the lawn today. She paused( but didnt stop
My wife was mowing the lawn today. She paused( but didnt stop the engine)...she said she heard a 'clunk' the engine stopped. Subsequenty when we pull the cord to try to restart the mower we hear more … read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
I have a Honda HRX217HXA walk behind mower which has never
I have a Honda HRX217HXA walk behind mower which has never cut very well. The blades are sharpened weekly but it leaves stray blades of grass standing. The dealer where I buy all my equipment adjusted… read more
ranwell1
ranwell1
CEO
High School or GED
5,039 satisfied customers
We just received our lawn boy push mower today. My husband
We just received our lawn boy push mower today. My husband put some oil (about 1/4 quart) in it & filled with gas. After mowing for a bit, the lawnmower stopped and when he tried to start it again, he… read more
Edward
Edward
Retired /Self employed
High School or GED
5,933 satisfied customers
as dumb as it sounds, here is the problem. my mower will not
as dumb as it sounds, here is the problem. my mower will not cut the grass going forward, however backing up it cuts it. what is the problem?… read more
Gil
Gil
Master Service Technician, Manager
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
36 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x