Garden

Experienced gardeners share their insights in answering this question :
Try putting a little gas in the carburator and make sure the choke is on full then try starting it. You may have to try this a couple of times in order for the gas to get primed.

John

How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

We provide a variety of viewpoints on how to identify and fix common gardening problems. Our sources include academic articles, blog posts, and personal essays from experienced gardeners :

An airlock is one of the common causes why your mower won`t start after running out of fuel. An Airlock occurs when air replaces fuel in the fuel lines. As you refill your fuel tank, you could push the air towards your mower`s carburetor, which keeps the new fuel from reaching the engine.
There may be old or bad fuel in the carburetor float bowl. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate, leaving behind a thicker, stickier substance. This sticky fuel can clog up the carburetor and prevent the engine from starting. If the carburetor is clogged, try cleaning it with carburetor cleaner.
Loose, Dirty or Disconnected Spark Plug in Your Lawn Mower: Check it out, clean off debris, re-connect and tighten. Dirty Air Filter: Clean or replace. Fuel Not Reaching the Engine: Tap the side of the carburetor to help the flow of gas. If this doesn`t work, you might need a new fuel filter.
The most likely cause of a no-start mower after running out of gas is dirt in the carburetor, but other possible causes include: Air locked gas system. Faulty carburetor. Contaminated gas.
While draining the fuel tank may sound like a good idea, it could harm your engine. Running a lawn mower dry will make it harder for it to fire right up when it comes time to take it out of storage. This is true of all your outdoor equipment and tools, from mowers and blowers to trimmers and chainsaws.
Park the mower on level ground, and wait about 15 minutes for the gas to evaporate. Then try starting it again, with the choke off.
If the starter motor spins but does not crank the engine, you likely have a problem with… Faulty or damaged battery. To address this issues, check the battery and charging system for problems.
You can find a select range of outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers & tractors, trimmers & blowers and our full line of battery-powered garden tools.
In the Mix

If the plug is clean or you`ve replaced it and the mower still won`t start, the issue could be a lack of fuel. Either the carburetor is dirty and not able to mist the fuel to be mixed with incoming air, or no gas is getting to it to begin with.

If there are two bolts, the off-center one is a drain, which you can use to get rid of any fuel without removing the bowl; place a container beneath the carburetor and remove the bolt. Any fuel present should trickle out.
If your engine turns over or cranks, but doesn`t start, it could be due to a dirty carburetor. When there`s too much dirt in the carburetor, the required combination of air and fuel can`t travel through the passage to the engine, causing a turn over, but no catch or actual start. It`s running lean.
Even if no debris or sediment gets into your fuel line when you run out of gas there is the likelihood that if your fuel pump is drawing from an empty tank. That means air will get into the fuel line, and that needs to be bled off before your car will start and run properly again.
Check the Fuel Filter

To start, tap the side of the carburetor to help the flow of gas. If that doesn`t work, you might have a clogged filter. Not all lawn mowers have a fuel filter, but for the ones that do, it`s usually located in the fuel line or the fuel tank.

If there are two bolts, the off-center one is a drain, which you can use to get rid of any fuel without removing the bowl; place a container beneath the carburetor and remove the bolt. Any fuel present should trickle out.

Discover Relevant Questions and Answers for Your Specific Issue

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

My Z5426 won’t start. When I pull out the choke and turn the key, gas starts leaking out of the exhaust system just before it gets to the muffler. Last time it did start, it ran really rough. So, I turn off the engine and then tried to restart and that’s when I noticed the fuel leak.
ANSWER : Maybe bad fuel, fuel line leaking, flooding of the carburetor, since it did start and ran rough I am assuming that the gas was left set and more then likely this gummed up the carburetor, you will have to clean/rebuild it. If you have a can of carburetor clean you may be able to spray that into there and clean it up, I would not choke it to start it as it sounds like it got/is flooded/ing. Good Luck Tim

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

My p.t.o. wont start my blades the engine runs but the blades wont start when i pull up the p.t.o on
ANSWER : Belt needs tightening or its brocken.Check first.

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

On my cu cadet zero turn only the left side turns and the right side moans but wont move ever with the release lever to free wheel released
ANSWER : Check the hydraulic oil level for the hydrostat drives(if it has a reserve tank located under the seat. Some ZT’s don’t have the reserve tank. Don’t over fill that tank. 1/4 inch above the bottom is all it needs.)

Also, check the steering arm bolts. Very often they work themselves loose and the arm doesn’t pull the valve rod that controls the hydrostat unit.

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

Snapper series 23 wont turn over and when you try to manually start it, the pull seems to be locked.
ANSWER : That suggests that your piston is seized, but that may not be the case. First, check underneath to make sure that you have not allowed a build-up of debris that could be stopping the blade from turning. Second, remove the plug and see if the machine (since removing the plug will stop you from having any compression to pull against) will turn over. Might be a good idea to spray some WD-40 or something similar into the plug hole to see if that will loosen things up if the first two suggestions have no effect. You can, of course, (with the spark plug disconnected) attempt to turn the blade underneath. That would move your piston in the cylinder, and, once it is moving more easily, allow you to use your pull start to get the machine running.
Hope this get you started.

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

Oil Filter Removal
ANSWER : Oil filter removal is counterclockwise when viewing the filter from the top. Filter install is clockwise. If this is a original filter, then it will be very tight. Before installing new filter, ensure that you place a bit of new oil on the seal located on the flat portion of the new filter before reinstalling to ensure it is sealed, and it also only needs to be hand tight.

Reply if you have questions!

Chip

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

My 300z riding lawn mower zero turn starts but stalls when mowing the grass, please tell me what it could be?
ANSWER : Dirty carb possibly or the governor has failed

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

How do i determine if my 42 inch snapper zero turn blade speeds are equal to get a uniform cut
ANSWER : Snapper doesn’t like the model number posted.
Ask your question here.

Read Full Q/A … : Garden

Can you pull a utility garden wagon with a zero turn mower?
ANSWER : Ask your question here.
200Z Zero Turn Riding Mower

Read Full Q/A … : Garden