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Common Lawn Mower Problems and How to Fix Them

Lawn mowers require quite a significant amount of maintenance. In case, you are not able to maintain them, there can be a wide variety of problems which can crop up from time to time. In most of the cases, if you’re experienced in handling smaller machines, you will be able to fix these problems by yourself.

There will be no need to call the professional lawn mower repair companies.

It does not matter whether you’re using a push mower or riding lawn mower from time to time, you will always need to service your lawn mower. As long as you have the right tools you will be able to fix these things by yourself.

In most of the cases, the problems are pretty common. Some of these problems are highlighted below.

  1. Starter rope is difficult to pull:

lawn mower wont startWhen this problem occurs, it is mostly due to the flywheel brake. You have to check the flywheel break in order to solve the problem.

In most of the cases, it will be pressed against the handle due to which the problem is caused. Another cause of the problem is the dragging of the blade on the ground.

In such a case, you have to attach the plate in the proper position before trying to pull it again. Also, you will find the way to solve this problem in the instruction manual as well.

  1. Intermittent loss of power:

In many cases, the lawnmower starts stuttering and after a while loses all the power. In such a case, the most common cause is the unclean filter.

You have to refer the instruction manual to find out how to clean the filter. You have to follow that procedure before trying to start the lawnmower.

no lawn mower powerIn case, the filter is clean, then the cause might be the improper cutting height of the lawnmower.

If the cutting height of the lawnmower is set to a lower level and the size of the grass is more, you have to select the right height of the lawnmower before resuming.

You have to also check the spark plug as it can be the cause of the problem in such a case. You can use the igniter in order to check the performance of the engine and the status of the spark plug.

  1. Smoke from the lawnmower:

I once had a similar problem on my Ariens lawn tractor but simply rectified it by buying a John Deere D105. I do realise though that buying a new lawn tractor may not be the best option for you!

Many people are alarmed by this problem. In most of the cases, it is not that serious. In many cases, this problem occurs right after the service. The reason is that the oil compartment of the lawn mower is filled to the brim.

lawn mower smokingAlso, it can be a result of a leakage of oil. It is especially witnessed when lawnmower is working on an uneven terrain.

Both of these problems can be sorted quite easily.

The next time around, you are facing any of these problems; you will be able to exactly figure out what is the cause of these problems.

Most of these problems can be solved by you.

n most of the cases, it will just take you 10 minutes to 20 minutes in order to fix these problems and move ahead.

 

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How to Service Your Lawn Mower

Most of the lawnmower owners outsource their lawn mower servicing. However, you can easily get the best from your machine by servicing it yourself. All you need are the right tools for the job.

broken lawn mowerThe maintenance procedure will change depending on the type of lawnmower which you have.

One thing which is for sure is that depending on your usage, regular maintenance should always be conducted on the lawnmower. This will help you in operating it at a steady pace quite easily.

  1. Self-propelled walk-behind:

Even the best walk behind mower needs a proper maintenance from time to time. We will today share with you a few steps which you have to follow during the maintenance routine.

  • The 1st thing which you have to do is to check the spark plug for wear and tear. Ideally, you should do that after every 100 hours of usage.
  • You have to also think about changing the oil in your lawnmower. In most of the cases, after every 50 hours, the level of oil will be pretty low in the lawnmower. This is the reason why you have to not only check it but you have to refill it. Also, it is a better idea to drain of the earlier oil with the help of the drain plug.
  • You have to also think about cleaning the filter in order to ensure that the lawnmower can operate without any obstructions.
  • lawn mower repairsYou have to add fuel to the lawnmower. In case, it is an electric lawnmower, you have to charge the battery of the lawnmower.
  • You have to also look at the condition of the blades and if needed, you have to sharpen them.
  • You have to look at tires to find out whether it is in perfect condition or not.

This is the normal schedule for maintenance which you have to follow.

  1. Riding mower:

With the riding lawnmowers, the procedure might change a bit. Also, the riding lawnmowers require a higher amount of maintenance. The procedure which you have to follow includes:

  • You to 1st and foremost check the spark plug for any wear and tear.
  • You have to not only refill the oil but you have to also change the oil filter as well.
  • It is a better idea to replace the air filter in every round of maintenance.
  • riding mower repairYou to also add some fuel stabilizer to the lawnmower to ensure that the wear and tear is on the lower side.
  • You have to check the blades for sharpness.
  • You to inspect the entire deck in order to check the wear and tear.
  • You will also look at the pressurization as well as the air in the tires.

In order to ensure that the performance of your riding mower remains up to the mark, it is a good idea to follow this maintenance routine from time to time.

My favorite is my D105.

Only once you are able to maintain your lawnmowers from time to time, you can expect superior performance from them. Also, this will ensure that there is no disruption during the regular usage of the lawnmower.