Why Your Push Mower Isn’t Starting

Whether you enjoy mowing your lawn or you think of it as a chore, you still want your mower to work properly. So when you get yourself up and out the door to do this chore and you pull on the starter rope but nothing happens, what do you do? You'll need to troubleshoot your mower to make this repair. Read on for troubleshooting tips.

Check The Gas

If your mower doesn't have any fuel in the tank, the combustion engine cannot run. It needs gas to run, so if you haven't put any gas in it for a while, add some gas to see if this helps start your mower. Open up the fuel tank and take a peek inside. If you don't see anything at all, add gas. If you aren't sure what type of gas to use, read the manufacturer's instructions to be sure you add the right type.

Check The Underside For Clogs

If the underside of the mower is clogged with grass clippings, your mower may not start and it could be difficult to pull the starter rope. Roll your mower onto its side and remove any debris clogging the underside, as well as the opening at the back where the clippings come out. 

Check The Spark Plug

Find the spark plug on your mower, disconnect the wire connected to it and remove the spark plug using the correct size socket. Remove the spark plug and replace it with a new one. Install the spark plug, and reattach the wire, then test your mower again. Pull on the pull cord and see if it starts.

Check The Oil

Check the oil level on your mower. Find the oil reservoir and be sure your mower is cooled down. Look for the dipstick and wipe it clean with a cloth. Dip the dipstick in the reservoir and take a look at the oil level on the dipstick. If there isn't any oil inside, you'll need to add more if necessary. Read the manufacturer's instructions to see what type of oil needs to be added. If you haven't had an oil change on your mower in a long time, you may want to perform an oil change on the mower. If you aren't sure how to do this, you can take your to a lawn mower repair shop for help with this.

If your mower is not running at all, you can use the troubleshooting tips above, but if your mower is still not running properly after these tips, you can take your mower to a lawn mower repair shop.