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Question DetailsAsked on 10/16/2016

Enter your Can-I-take-the choke-thermostat-out-to-fix problem on lawnmoẃer...

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You can take it out - can't see how that will solve the problem (though you did not say what the problem is). The thermostat pulls the choke on when the mower is cold, then extends and releases the choke as it warms up. Unless there is a bunch of gunk in there jamming it up, I can't see it sticking on. Might fail completely and prevent cold starting (or make you prime a lot to get it to start), but I would say that is pretty unlikely to be the source of the problem.

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Answered 3 years ago by LCD


the problem i was having with my lawn mower was , it would run for a bit then die when it got warm. an i could not restart it. had to let it sit about 20 minutes and it would start with no problem. then there it goes same thing over and over. i just had surgery on april 5, 2016 for a ruptured achillies. im finally done with all the wheel chair,walkers, casts,boots and cains crap! just trying to make a few bucks cutting neighbors lawns but cant get much done dealing with a mower like this. well anyway i took the choke thermastat of and the thing runs fine,it doesn't die. and i can restart no problem. hope i dont mess it up. but i have no choice no money,just got food stamps till i get my leg strong enough to stand more than a couple of hours a day. till then il keep on slow and steady with this mower. sure would put my mind at ease if i knew taking out thermostat is not gonna blow the motor.

Answered 3 years ago by greece3061


Ok - excellent description of your problem - really clears it up.

The choke thermostat ONLY serves to pull the choke to the ON or full choke position when the thermostat is cold, and releases the choke (opens the choke plate in the carburetor) as it heats up. Removing/disconnecting it will only affect starting - meaning without the thermostat it will normally need more priming to be able to start cold, and starting in real cold weather may be a bear unless you are albe to jam the choke arm in the ON position (if accessible) with a twig during starting - till it starts to "choke out" or smoke - but it will not affect or hurt anything in the motor to remove/disengage it. This is NOT like a fluid thermostatcontrolling engine cooling (plus your mower is almost certainly air-cooled anyway)..

Good luck, and watch out for gopher/groundhog holes with that leg.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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