Tips On How To Start A Lawn Mower With A Pull Cord

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Starting a lawn-mower is somehow intimidating especially if you have never done it before. However, with some little practice coupled with a well-serviced lawn-mower you will be able to start a lawn-mower just like a pro and then begin doing your garden-trimming tasks. On the other hand, if you pull the cord for several times and the lawn-mower fails to start-up, then you might have forgotten to do something simple at start-up like pushing-in the choke or disengaging the throttle. However, if the starting-problem persists then this implies that you may need to take your lawn-mower for maintenance so that it can be able to quickly start-up again. All in all, in this article I’m going to be listing for you some of the steps that you can follow when starting a lawn-mower with a pull-cord and  think they will greatly help you:


SECTION-1: Steps on How To Start A Lawn-Mower With A Pull-Cord:

  1. Prepare the lawn-mower: before starting-up your lawn-mower, you need to prepare it by simply moving it to an open-grassy area that is free of any kids-toys, sticks or rocks inorder to ensure a more comfortable and safe mowing experience.


  1. Fill the mower with gas and oil: you will also need to make sure that the lawn-mower is filled with gas and oil before start-up for best results. So, if your lawn-mower has a 4-stroke engine then you will need to check the oil-levels by opening the oil-fill cap or by using a dipstick. But if you lawn-mower features a 2-stroke engine then you need to mix the oil into gas but make sure that you mix the right amount and type of oil into the gas inorder to ensure optimum performance of the lawn-mowers engine.


  1. Checkout the spark-plug: every gas-powered, push, lawn-mower is equipped a single spark-plug that is usually placed on the side or back-section of the motor. In fact, this plug is covered by a lead-connector that looks a thick-wire with a rubber-cap attached and it’s this lead-wire that helps to transmit power through the engine for easy start-up. So, it’s the spark-plug the spark-plug the gets the motor running but you should make sure that the lead-connector is firmly attached onto the plug for best results. However, it’s recommended to change the spark-plug for at least once a year inorder to keep your lawn-mower in a great performance condition especially during start-up.


  1. Gently prime the carburetor: you will now have to locate the prime-button which is usually black or red in color and then gently push this button for about 3 to 4 times inorder to force the gasoline to move into the transmission lines of the engine. However, don’t over press the prime-button because this may flood the engine thus making it hard to start-up the lawn-mower. On the other hand, if you’re gas-powered lawn-mower doesn’t have a prime-button then consider skipping this step and then checkout the user-manual to know how to power it on.


  1. Open-up the throttle: a throttle is actually a lever that is usually placed onto the lawn-mowers handle or on the engine-body. So, you will need to adjust the throttle into medium-to-high position inorder to help the engine start-up easily when pulling the cord. In fact, if you don’t set the throttle then lawn-mower’s engine won’t be able to keep running once it has been started.


  1. Set the choke: setting the choke will help to provide a richer fuel-air mixture to the engine and this helps to keep the engine running until it warms-up. But once the lawn-mower has been running for about 5-minutes, consider turning-off the choke for best operation results.


  1. Pull the starter-cord: in case your lawn-mower features a horizontal lever next to the handle, hold this lever against the handle and then grip the handle of the starter-cord which is usually attached to the end of the cord/rope. Pull the starter-cord upwards quickly and firmly inorder to startup the lawn-mowers engine. However, you may have to pull the starter-cord for several times before the engine start-ups. On the other hand, if the lawn-mower fails to start-up or even make any slight noises then consider checking the spark-plug and make sure it’s attached properly before trying to power-on the lawn-mower again. additionally, if the lawn-mower sputter or sounds like it wants to start but doesn’t, then consider checking if it has enough gasoline and also try checking its oil-levels if it features a 4-stroke engine.


SECTION-2: How to Diagnose Your Lawn-Mower If It Fails Start:

  • Check whether the starter-cord is stuck: a starter-cord is actually a rope with grip-handle that comes out of the lawn-mower’s body. so, if you experiencing difficulty pulling the starter-cord then the cutting-blade may be jammed with grass and this means that you have to turn the lawn-mower on one-side and then clear-out any debris under the blade but make sure that spark-plug is disconnected before cleaning under the blade and also try to be extra-careful because the cutting-blade is very sharp and can easily harm you.


  • Take the lawn-mower for servicing if it’s smoking after start-up: if your lawn-mower starts up but when it’s smoking and can’t keep running after a few minutes, then consider taking it to an engine-mechanic for servicing.


  • Clean-up the discharge-chute: if the lawn-mower continues smoking when running then its discharge-chute or air-filter may be clogged and at times it can be the cutting-blade that may be bent. So, consider cleaning-up any debris that may exist within discharge-cute or blades but remember to first disconnect the spark for optimum-safety.


  • Checkout the air-filter: some lawn-mower actually fails to power-on if the air-filter is clogged. So, you will need to clean-up the air-filter inorder to enable the lawn-mower to start-up again and you should even consider replacing air-filter for at least once in a year inorder to reduce on the risk of clogging.


  • Consider changing the lawn-mower height in case it stops when mowing: if your lawn-mower loses power or gets off while mowing then consider changing its cutting-height and then try starting it again. In fact, a lawn-mower can easily shut-off if it’s cutting grass that is too tall and hard. So, consider reading the user-manual to know different cutting-heights of each grass-type for best mowing results. However, you will have to be very careful changing the height of the lawn-mower and it’s even recommended to disconnect the spark-plug before doing this task.

Vanilla Farmer, Amazon Retailer & Tech Researcher. Yosaki is my personal blog but I'm working on some big tech project back doors. I will keep on posting various topics on things I have knowledge about.

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