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Old 10-17-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Creedmoor
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Sounds like a carb issue....
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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My Troy-Bilt lawnmower has starting trouble, and I am at my wits end trying to get it started. It takes ages to get it started and when I try again it the next week, it's the same thing all over again. I bought it in 2009, but have hardly used it maybe more than 20 times. But unfortunately it's out of warranty now, and I need to get it repaired by someone who knows his stuff.

Anyone you can recommend whom you have had experience with, who is honest and won't break the bank? I can't afford to spend a fortune to fix this - might as well save and buy a new one if that is the case.
Hard to tell from here, but, does it have one of those soft "bulbs" that you press half a dozen times to prime the carb before starting? If the bulb has a small split in it it won't pump gas to the carb, so you'll need many pulls to start. Those are an easy fix.

I believe Ace Hardware does mower/power tool basic maintenance too.

Frank
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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Hello,
Typically the carburetors on these engine will sometimes get clogged up from sitting during the off season,Which then they have to be removed ,taken apart,flushed and blew out with air pressure,
When stored please try to add sta-bil fuel stabilizer to keep the gas fresh and help fight moisture and the 10% Ethenol that is already in gasoline,To do this job is typically around $40.00 plus parts if needed on a self propelled or push mower.But I would first check the air filter to make sure it is free from dirt and grass,If you do not have a air hose just knock out the dirt while you have it off. A spark plug should be good for 50 hours of use,check the gas cap vent also sometimes they clog and slow down fuel flow,Another problem is people adding to much oil. which drowns out the spark and gets into carburetor, so please be careful when adding oil.When mower sits for to long adding new gas will not help because the old gas will still be in the carburetor This will have to be drained and flushed along with the fuel tank to remove the old fuel.
If anyone has any questions or needs service please visit my website at B's mower repair, In Wake Forest N.C. Near Rolesville..
Thank you! Mr. B.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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When I was having a pressure washer repaired a while back, the repairman told me to always use premium gas in my small engines since it doesn't contain ethanol. I've done that ever since and had much less trouble.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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When I was having a pressure washer repaired a while back, the repairman told me to always use premium gas in my small engines since it doesn't contain ethanol. I've done that ever since and had much less trouble.
Robert at Ace Hardware North Ridge told me about using premium gas only a few years back...good advice.

An old neighbor friend of mine told me many years ago to always start the season with fresh gas and oil, a new air filter and spark plug and a sharp blade. At the end of the cutting season he felt that it was important to pour out the gas but leave just enough to crank the mower and run until the engine stopped...thus clearing the lines and carb. I followed his advice all these years and never had problems starting my mowers in the Spring...knock on wood
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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Sounds like a carb issue....
Yep.Change the oil, air filter, gas, spark plug.If you are still having problems take the carb apart and clean it out. Run some seafoam through the system and I bet you'll be good to go. Tons of instructional videos on youtube....not that hard.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Smile Diagnose

Just remember just because there are videos on how to fix something that is not always the issue,
diagnosing is a big part on repairing,I have had people think it is the carburetor yet it would be either
the shear pin,or valves,and occasionally the cam gear. Customers have brought them to me in pieces
in a box.Just something to keep in mind,You know the ol saying, knowledge is power.
B's mower repair, In Wake Forest N.C. Near Rolesville.
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Pretty sure Premium still has Ethanol in it. Here is a site that lists Ethanol free gas stations

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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Pretty sure Premium still has Ethanol in it. Here is a site that lists Ethanol free gas stations

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
Yep. Only some places sell ethanol free gas.
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