How to Diagnose 3 Common Lawn Mower Issues

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As someone who’s run a lawn mower across your fair share of lawns, you probably understand by now that landscaping equipment doesn’t magically stay in perfect working condition. Maintaining your landscaping gear is very similar to regularly inspecting and tuning up your car--keeping each individual system working properly can help ensure the whole machine works smoothly and efficiently for longer.

However, even with meticulous attention, issues are bound to arise at sometime or another. When this happens, it’s important that you can quickly identify and diagnose what’s troubling your systems so you can get them repaired. To give you a hand, Orlando’s landscaping equipment experts at Gator Mower Parts have this helpful guide on diagnosing 3 common lawn mower issues:

  • I’m having trouble pulling my starter rope. With push mowers, many people may find that over time, their starter rope becomes harder to pull or even becomes stuck. One reason for this action is that the blades are clogged with grass clippings and other debris. Using the proper equipment (NOT your hands), be sure your blades are free of foreign particles and try again with the flywheel brake fully engaged.

  • My lawn mower shuts off in the middle of my mowing session. If you’ve had your lawn mower sputter and die in the middle of an important job, you’re not alone--many people have shared in your frustration. A lawn mower’s failure mid-job can be caused by a number of issues, including dirty spark plugs, dirty air filters, or buildup of clippings from tall grass. Each of these issues is quick and easy to resolve, even for a novice.

  • There’s smoke pouring out of my mower. Don’t worry--this issue isn’t as scary as it may look. Generally, dark smoke rising from your mower just indicates that your oil chamber is too full, and the oil is burning off as it touches the engine. However, if the smoke is lighter and you’re having trouble getting through a full mower session, you may need to seek professional help.

When you arm yourself with knowledge of some of the most common issues you may face with your equipment, you’ll find that repair and replacement issues are much easier to solve. Still having trouble getting your lawn mower back up and running? It’s time to get in touch with the experts at Gator Mower Parts. Give us a call at 407-260-1292 to learn more today.

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