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dakremer

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05-11-2015 09:49 PM

......I know this isn’t a woodworking question, but this is the only forum I’m a part of, and figured I’d ask here first.

I turned my Self-propelled lawn mower on its side and sprayed the underside with water and cleaned it all up. After that I put it back in the garage. 4 days later (today) I got it back out to cut the grass again, and its sputtering and not getting up to full speed. It doesn’t shut off, just sputters. I’m hoping I didn’t mess it up by spraying the underside/wheels with water.

Any help would be great! I’m definitely no mechanic, so the more you can dumb it down, the better :) haha

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 09:57 PM

I always try to tilt mine to where the oil fill/drain spot will be towards the ground. This helps keep oil from entering parts of the motor where it shouldn’t be. You might remove the plug and give it a good cleaning, and see if that helps. Best of luck.

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 10:01 PM

How long will it sputter for? You may have oil or water somewhere that it shouldn’t be. The longer you allow it to run, the more likely it will clear itself up. If the oil is low, dirty or cloudy after it begins to run correctly, it’s contaminated and needs to be changed ASAP.

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 10:02 PM

Firewood’s got my vote. If that doesn’t work, drain the gas and put some new gas in it. This coming from a confirmed non-mechanic.

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 10:05 PM

I’ve had it running 2 different times now for about 45 seconds each time. Doesn’t seem like it would die, but the sputtering doesn’t seem to be getting better either.

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 10:07 PM

If it is a water issue (unless it’s in the gas tank) as the engine heats up the water will evaporate.

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 10:45 PM

When i bought mower, a honda, the guy told me not to lean the mower towards the air cleaner. I cant recall exactly why but it sounds like thats what ya did. Like said above youve probably got some oil somewhere it shouldnt be. Hope ya get it squarec up soon. Maybe a lil help from some ether intonthe air cleaner will keep it running and you can burn off whatevers choking ths engine.

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 11:26 PM

You might want to check the air filter if it is a Honda engine. I have run into the problem with 2 mowers in two weeks.
When the mower is tipped on it’s side, oil goes up past the rings and fills the air filter, plugging it.

Both mowers are brand new, and nothing in the manual says not to tip it.

Funny, I never had a Briggs, Kohler, Tecumseh or any other American built engine do that.

Filter for one was $15. Filter for the other was almost $25.

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#8 posted 05-11-2015 11:40 PM

Dallas (and others) hit the nail on the head. It was the air filter. I took the cover off and the filter was saturated with oil. I started it up with out the filter on, and it ran perfectly. Thanks for the help guys!

Now…..to clean the filter or to just go buy a new one?.....

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#9 posted 05-11-2015 11:40 PM

Also….I guess don’t tip the mower towards the air filter! Lesson learned

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#10 posted 05-11-2015 11:50 PM

The second time it happened with the cheaper mower I just replaced the filter with wadded up coffee filters.

So far the mower has another 6 hours on it and the coffee filters are clean on the carb side and collecting dirt on the intake side.

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#11 posted 05-11-2015 11:52 PM

I wouldn’t try to clean it, it has a paper element. The oil escapes through the crankcase breather and directly into the air filter housing where it’s vented to. I’ve seen it happen more than a few times. Given what they charge for a new Honda air filter, people usually don’t make the mistake more than once.

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#12 posted 05-12-2015 01:37 AM

When you turned it on it’s side all the oil went up top and flowed out the carb.

Take out the plug and clean it, clean the air filter or replace it and then pull the mower over several times with the plug out to pump any remaining debris out. I doubt you did any serious damage to anything. I’ve had this happen when I got a lawn mower to get back in service and some one had thrown it out on a pile of rubbish

Jim

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#13 posted 05-12-2015 03:53 AM

I think you got gas or oil in the radiator.

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#14 posted 05-12-2015 06:35 AM

What brand is it? I don’t remember ever having any issues with Briggs motors on any small equipment. Maybe I have just been lucky? ;-)

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#15 posted 05-12-2015 06:58 AM

I still think it has something to do with the radiator. Did you change the coolant?

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