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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2015

Riding Lawn Mower Start

New Lawn Mower will not start

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Did you put oil in it - usually shipped without engine oil.

Did you put gas in it ?

Check plug wire(s) are snugly connected to spark plug. Check spark plug(s) are snugly (NOT reefed on) tightened.

On riders, check battery cables are hooked up snugly - are shipped disconnected and with protective caps over the battery terminals that have to be removed before you put the cables on. (Match same colors - black cable end to black terminal, red to red).

Read starting instructions - how many presses of priming bulb it takes if it has one (commonly about three AFTER you feel it has some resistance, meaning it is pushing gas into the engine, which usually means 3 during mowing season but may be 6-8 on new engine and first time in spring. Check if there is a choke lever or handle you have to set (many brands do not have one and use an automatic choke). Read what throttle setting it wants to start - some like Briggs & Stratton/Murray want full throttle, some like Honda and Tecumseh commonly want idle setting to start. Ones with a manual choke lever/pull tab generally start at idle setting.

On rider/self-propelled mowers, make sure it is out of gear (in neutral). On riders, most require the brake be fully depressed while starting.

If motor is cranking but won't start, likely a safety interlock (out of gear, brake on) issue or not getting gas. If motor is not cranking, then likely a battery/battery connection issue.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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