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Mower Woes

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by pyrogirl, May 27, 2008.

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  1. pyrogirl

    pyrogirl New Member

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    I might have killed my less than 1 year old Yard Machine 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine.

    I went to use it for the 2nd time this year and added a quart of Penzoil 10W30 oil (later saw that the capacity was 20 oz) and filled the gas tank with 2 week old unleaded gas. While running, black smoke poured out the side. Eventually the smoke mostly subsided, but the engine sounded like it was half-heartedly running. Now I can't get the engine to start. From your perspective, is it worth taking the mower in for repair or should I bite the bullet and get a "better" one?

    BTW, I have no mechanical skills or anyone whom to ask for help. I will be grateful for all your help!

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  2. pyrogirl

    pyrogirl New Member

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    Pook - Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I changed the spark plug (well actually I stopped by an independent auto mechanic shop and got them to - took 20 seconds), changed the air filter and siphoned out the excess oil and VIOLA, the mower works like a charm!
  3. Thomask9590

    Thomask9590 New Member

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    Most mowers are bullet proof thee days. Good Job. :)
  4. burntime

    burntime New Member

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    C'mon hunting season!
    With the floods by me more people are gonna need your set up to keep the skeeters away!!!
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