How to Prepare a Gas Powered Lawnmower

A how to on preparing and starting a gas-powered lawnmower.

Steps

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    Check the clippings bag. If the lawnmower has the ability to discharge grass clippings into a bag, ensure that the bag is empty.If the lawnmower has the ability to discharge grass clippings off from the side, ensure that the discharge path is clear from any obstructions. Tilt the lawnmower on its side and make sure that the bottom of the lawnmower, above the blade, is relatively clean – free of dried grass clippings. If patches of grass are stuck to the bottom, use a spade or pressure/water hose to clear.
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    You may disconnect the spark plug wire connector to temporary disable the lawnmower. This is usually located at the front of the lawnmower.
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    Have a partner holding the lawnmower at an angle may help speed up the process, and ensuring that the lawnmower does not start up.
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    Do not touch the lawnmower blade.
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    Make sure that the spark plug wire connector is reattached after this procedure or the lawnmower will not start in step 6.
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    Check fluids. On the top of your lawnmower are two caps, one is for engine oil and the other is for the gasoline tank. Check:
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    Check the engine oil levels.
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    Unscrew the cap for engine oil and verify that the drop of engine oil is within the indicated oil range on the dipstick.
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    Do not top or overfill the engine oil reservoir with oil. It must be within the oil levels indicated on the dipstick.
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    Check the gasoline levels.
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    Unscrew the cap for the gasoline tank and verify that the tank is not empty.
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    Fill tank with gasoline to your desired value.
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    Do not top or overfill the tank.
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    Prime the lawnmower fuel line by pushing into the red “prime” or “priming” button three to five times, located either at the front or side.
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    Push the top handle bar down so both parts of the handle bar are together with one hand.
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    Yank the cord with the other hand several times or until the lawn mower starts up.
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    Lawnmower doesn’t start? Check a few things:
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    Re-connect the spark plug wire connector and try again. This is usually in the front of the lawnmower.
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    Re-prime the lawnmower by pushing into the red “prime”/”priming” button a few more times and try again.
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    Re-verify that there is enough engine oil in the lawnmower, fill if necessary and try again. Some lawnmowers may have a safety feature where it will not start until there is an appropriate level of engine oil. Engine oil is essential in keeping the lawnmower operating at normal levels. Plus, it cools the engine.
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    Bring your lawnmower to a lawnmower repair shop if your lawnmower still doesn’t start.

Warnings

  • Warning: Do not place or touch the blade under the lawnmower.
  • Caution: Users taking medicine with drowsy effects or drinking of alcohol should not operate a lawnmower.
  • Warning: Gasoline is very flammable; please make sure you are in a well-ventilated area away from any sparks, magnifying glass or open flames.
  • Warning: Do not place or touch any body part under the lawnmower.
  • Notice: These directions are perfectly suitable for one individual to perform, however during preparation a partner may be helpful.
  • Warning: Gasoline, although a liquid, is not meant to be consumed as one.

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Categories: Lawn Care