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Type of lawnmower

What kind of lawnmower do you use?

Riding Lawnmower

Self-propelled Lawnmower

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Riding Lawnmower

Where do you have a problem?

A problem with my tires

Problem with starting or keep it running

Cutting problems, like unusual grass patterns

Drive problems: mower doesn’t go, or badly forward, despite the engine running

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Self-propelled Lawnmower

What kind of problem do you have?

Problems with starting, keep the mower running, or another engine-related problem

Problems with cutting, like unusual grass patterns

Drive problems, like the mower, don’t go forward despite the engine running.

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Tires

What problem do you have?

Do you have a flat tire?

Do you want to change your tire?

Do you want to know how long your tires last?

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I have a flat tire

These are some of the articles that deal with flat tires:

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Changing a lawnmower tire

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How long does a Lawnmower Tire Last

These are our articles that deal with how long a Lawnmower Tire Last:

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Fix engine problem

Choose one of the following:

The engine does not start

The engine has Stalled

The engine has seized

  • Lawnmower Engine seized: A Lawnmower engine is seized when it will lose power and finally can not start at all. This is caused by the engine overheating or lack of lubrication. Often the sound of the engine changes.
  • Lawnmower Engine Stall: A Lawnmower engine stalls means that it abruptly stops. Often this is in response to a sudden increase in engine load. This can be when you change from low grass to high grass.
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Engine not starting

These are our articles that deal with an engine that does not start:

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Engine Stalling

These are our articles that deal with an engine that is stalling:

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Engine Seized

These are our articles that deal with an engine that is Seized:

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Fix the battery empty or not charged sufficiently

Check the Battery Condition with the following article:

After checking the Battery choose one of the following options:

The battery is empty. It needs to be charged.

The battery is empty, but it is really old. I need to replace it with a new one.

The battery is empty or does not work well. I do have another one I can use to replace it.

The Battery is old or in bad shape. When do I need to replace it? And how long does it last?

The Lawnmower battery drains really quickly. What can I do to prevent this?

How long does it take to charge a battery?

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Charge the Battery

Charge the battery and check if the Lawnmower starts correctly

These are our articles that deal with charging the battery:

After checking Charging the Battery choose one of the following options:

I charged the battery and the Lawnmower now works fine

I charged the battery, but it still does not start

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Install a new Battery

Install a new battery and check if the Lawnmower starts correctly:

These are our articles that deal with installing a new Lawnmower Battery:

After Installing a new Battery choose one of the following options:

After changing the battery the Lawnmower now starts fine

After changing the battery the Lawnmower still does not start correctly.

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Change the Battery

Change the battery and check if the Lawnmower starts correctly:

These are our articles that deal with changing the battery:

After Changing the Battery choose one of the following options:

I have changed the battery and now the lawnmower is fine

I have changed the battery and the lawnmower still does not start correctly

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How long does a Lawnmower Battery Last?

These are our articles that deal with how long a lawnmower Battery will last:

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How long to charge the battery

These are our articles that deal with how long a lawnmower battery needs to charge:

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Prevent battery from drained

These are our articles that deal with how to prevent your lawnmower battery from draining:

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Adjust the Mowing Deck

Choose one of the following options:

I have problems with the Mowing Deck. Some maintenance is needed.

I have cutting problems. I need to level the Mowing Deck.

I have a problem with my mowing deck. To further investigate I need to remove it,

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Fix the problem with the Solenoid

Choose one of the following solutions:

I have a problem starting the Lawnmower. I want to try to start it without the starter.

Do you want to replace your starter solenoid?

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Fix the carburetor problem

Choose one of the following solutions to clean and fix your Carburetor:

Choose one of the following solutions to clean and fix your Carburetor:

Do you want to clean your carburetor?

Do you want to clean your carburetor without removing?

Do you want to adjust the carburetor?

Do you want to replace your carburetor?

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Fix the Riding Lawnmower Spark Plug

Use the following article to fix your Spark-Plus problem:

Change the sparkplug

Purchase a new sparkplug

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Self Propelled Lawnmower Cables

What kind of problem do you have?

The throttle cable is loose

The self-propelled cable is loose

Is your self-propel feature not working?

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How to remove the mowing deck

These are our articles that deal with how to remove the mowing deck:

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How to level lawnmower deck

These are our articles that deal with how to level lawnmower deck:

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How to perform your Lawnmower deck maintenance

These are our articles that deal with how to perform your Lawnmower deck maintenance:

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Sharpening your blades

These are our articles that deal with how to sharpen your lawnmower blades:

After checking and sharpening the lawnmower blades, choose one of the following options:

I have checked and sharpened the blades. The lawnmower works fine now.

I have sharpened the blades, but the Lawnmower still has cutting problems

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Replace your Lawnmower Blades

These are our articles that deal with how to replace Lawnmower Blades:

After replacing the Lawnmower Blade(s), choose one of the following options:

I have replaced the blades, and now all is fine

I have replaced the blades, but the Lawnmower still has cutting problems

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Are the blades properly balanced?

These are our articles that deal with how to balance Lawnmower Blades:

After checking, and if needed balancing the Lawnmower Blade(s), choose one of the following options:

After balancing the blades, all is fine

I have balanced the blades, but the Lawnmower still has cutting problems

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How to replace your starter solenoid

These are our articles that deal with how to replace your starter solenoid:

After replacing the Starter Solenoid, choose one of the following options:

After repacing the Solenoid all is fine!

After repacing the Solenoid the Lawnmower is not working correctly

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How to start your mower without the starter

These are our articles that deal with how to start your mower without the starter:

Choose one of the following options:

I managed to start the Lawnmower

The starter motor now works, but the Lawnmower still does not start

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How To Clean A Lawn Mower Carburetor

These are our articles that deal with how to clean your Lawnmower Carburetor:

After Cleaning the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

I have cleaned the Carburetor and now the Lawnmower works fine.

I have cleaned the Carburetor and the Lawnmower still does not works correctly

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How to clean your carburetor without removing

These are our articles that deal with how to clean your carburetor without removing:

After Cleaning the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

I have cleaned the Carburetor and now the Lawnmower works fine.

I have cleaned the Carburetor and the Lawnmower still does not works correctly

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How to adjust the carburetor

These are our articles that deal with how to adjust the carburetor:

After adjusting the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

I have adjusted the Carburetor and now the Lawnmower works fine.

I have adjusted the Carburetor and the Lawnmower still does not works correctly

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How to replace your carburetor

These are our articles that deal with how to replace your carburetor:

After replacing Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

I have replaced the Carburetor and the Lawnmower now works fine

I have replaced the Carburetor and the Lawnmower still does not work correctly

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Tighten the drive and other belts

These are our articles that deal with Loose Belts:

After checking the Belts and tighten them where needed, choose one of the following options:

I have Checked and Tightened the belt(s). All is fine now

I have Checked and Tightened the belt(s). But I have still Drive problems

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How to purchase a new sparkplug

These are our articles that deal with how to purchase a new sparkplug:

After changing the Spark-Plug with a new one, choose one of the following options:

I have purchased a new Spar-Plug, and now the Lawnmower works fine.

I have purchased a new Spark-Plug, but with it the Lawnmower still does not work correctly

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How to change your sparkplug

These are our articles that deal with how to change your sparkplug:

After changing the Spark-Plug, choose one of the following options:

I have changed the Spar-Plug, and now the Lawnmower works fine.

I have changed the Spark-Plug, but the Lawnmower still does not work correctly

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SR How to change your sparkplug

These are our articles that deal with how to change your sparkplug:

After Changing the Spark Plug, choose one of the following options:

This fixed the problem. The Lawnmower works fine now

The Spark Plug is fine now. But the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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2 Check and clean the Air Filter

These are our articles that deal with cleaning your air filter:

After checking and cleaning the Air Filter, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower works fine now

I cleaned the Air Filter, but the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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Last step

All should be ok

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2 Check and clean the fuel filter

Check and clean the fuel filter, with one of the following articles:

After checking and cleaning the Fuel Filter, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower works fine now

I cleaned the Fuel Filter, but the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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6 Is your drive belt loose?

These are our articles that deal with "Is your drive belt loose?":

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3 Clean the Lawn Mower Carburetor

These are our articles that deal with how to clean your Lawnmower Carburetor:

After Cleaning the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower works fine now

I cleaned the Carburetor, but the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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3 How to clean your carburetor without removing

These are our articles that deal with how to clean your carburetor without removing:

After Cleaning the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower works fine now

I cleaned the Carburetor, but the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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3 How to replace your carburetor

These are our articles that deal with how to replace your carburetor:

After Replacing the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower works fine now

I cleaned the Carburetor, but the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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3 Check if the Primer Bulb is working correctly

These are our articles that deal with the Primer Bulb that is not working corectly:

After Checking the Primer Bulb, choose one of the following options:

This fixed the problem. The Lawnmower works fine now

The Primer Bulb looks fine, or I fixed it. But the Lawnmower is still not working correctly

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SR The self-propel cable is loose

These are our articles that deal with the self-propel cable that is loose:

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The self-propel feature is not working

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SR The throttle cable is loose

These are our articles that deal with the throttle cable that is loose:

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Carburetor problem

Your Carburetor could be clogged. Check this with the following article:

After checking the Carburetor, choose one of the following options:

I think the carburetor is fine and not clogged

I think the Carburetor is clogged

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What happens when you try start the Lawnmower

Does the starter motor work correctly?

The starter motor works fine. I can hear it working normally when I try to start the engine.

Nothing happens when I turn the key.

I can hear the starter motor working. But it does not sound as it should.

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The battery is fine, but the Lawnmower still does not start corectly

Check the starter solenoid with the following article:

After checking the Starter Solenoid choose one of the following options:

There is a problem with the Solenoid, it does not work ok.

As far as I can see the Soneloid is fine.

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The problem is fixed

We are happy to hear that you problem has been fixed.

We hope we can help you next time as well. Also when your Lawnmower is working fine you can find many blog post that can help you improving the result.

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Spark-Plug problem

You Lawnmower can have an issue with the Spark-Plug. Check this with the following article:

After checking the Spark-Plug, choose one of the following options:

I think the Spark-plug is working fine

I think the Spark-Plug is not working correctly

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Check if the Engine has been seized

Check if the Lawnmower engine has been seized, or is stalling. Use the following article for this:

After checking, choose one of the following options:

I think the engine is seized or stalling

I think the engine is not Seized and is not Stalling

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Check if the Blades are sharp

Check the sharpness of the Blade(s) with the following article:

After checking the Blade Sharpness, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower blades are sharp enough

The Lawnmower blades are not sharp enough.

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Blade replacement check

Check if the Blade needs to be replaced with the following article:

After checking if the Blade needs to be replaced, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower blades are fine. No need for replacement.

The Lawnmower blades are not ok. They need to be replaced.

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Check the Drive belt

Check the Drive and other Belts if they are loose or damaged with the following article:

After checking the Drive and other Belts, choose one of the following options:

I checked the belts, and one ore more seems loose

I checked the Lawnmower belts, and one or more looks damaged

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Check the air filter

Check the Air Filter is dirty with the following article:

After checking the Air Filter, choose one of the following options:

The air filter is clean

The air filter is dirty

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Clean the Air Filter

These are our articles that deal with cleaning your air filter:

After Checking and Cleaning/Replacing the Air Filter, choose one of the following options:

I have cleaned or replaced the air filter. The Lawnmower works fine now

I have cleaned or replaced the Air Filter. But the Lawnmower still does not work correctly

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Check and clean the Fuel Filter

These are our articles that deal with cleaning the fuel filter:

After Checking and Cleaning the Fuel Filter, choose one of the following options:

I have cleaned the fuel filter. The Lawnmower works fine now.

I have cleaned the Fuel Filter, but the Lawnmower still does not work correctly

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1 Engine starting problems

Does the engine not start? Or does it stop after starting? Choose on of the following options:

The engine does not start

The engine starts but quickly stops. Or is stops after asking for more power.

I can not start the engine because there is a problem with the pullcord

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1 Check the air filter

Check if the air filter is dirty, using the guide from the following blog post:

After checking the Air Filter, choose one of the following options:

The air filter is clean

The air filter is dirty

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2 Check the Carburetor

Check if the Carburetor is dirty, by using part of the following article:

After checking the carburetor, choose one of the following options:

The carburetor is clean

The Carburetor is dirty

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2 Fix the carburetor problem

Choose one of the following solutions to clean and fix your Carburetor:

Clean the Lawnmower carburetor

Clean your carburetor without removing

Replace the Lawnmower carburetor

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4 Check the Spark Plug

Check if the Spark Plug is working correctly using the following article:

After Checking the Spark Plug, choose one of the following options:

The Spark Plug works fine

There is a problem with the Spark Plug

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5 Check if the Blades are sharp

Check if the Lawnmower blades are sharp, using the following article:

After Checking the Blades, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower blades are sharp enough

The Lawnmower blades are not sharp

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5 Blade replacement check

Check if the Lawnmower blades need to be replaced, using the following article:

After Checking the Blades, choose one of the following options:

The Lawnmower blades are fine. No need for replacement.

The Lawnmower blades are not ok. They need to be replaced.

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5 Sharpening your blades

These are our articles that deal with how to sharpen your lawnmower blades:

After Sharpening the Blade(s), choose one of the following options:

I have sharpened the blades, and now all is fine

I have sharpened the blades, but the Lawnmower still has cutting problems

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5 Replace your Lawnmower Blades

These are our articles that deal with how to replace Lawnmower Blades:

After Replacing the Blade(s), choose one of the following options:

I have replaced the blades, and now all is fine

I have replaced the blades, but the Lawnmower still has cutting problems

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5 Are the blades properly balanced?

These are our articles that deal with how to balance Lawnmower Blades:

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4 Check if the Engine has been seized

Check if the Lawnmower engine has been seized, or is stalling, using the following article:

After Checking if the Engine has been Seized or is Stalling, choose one of the following options:

I think the engine is seized or stalling

I think the engine is not Seized and is not Stalling

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4 Fix engine problem

Choose one of the following solutions:

The Lawnmower engine does not start

The engine is stalling

The engine is seized

  • Lawnmower Engine seized: A Lawnmower engine is seized when it will lose power and finally can not start at all. This is caused by the engine overheating or lack of lubrication. Often the sound of the engine changes.
  • Lawnmower Engine Stall: A Lawnmower engine stalls means that it abruptly stops. Often this is in response to a sudden increase in engine load. This can be when you change from low grass to high grass.
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Engine Stalling

These are our articles that deal with an engine that is stalling:

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Engine not starting

These are our articles that deal with an engine that does not start:

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Engine Seized

These are our articles that deal with an engine that is Seized:

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6 Drive Problems

What kind of Drive problem do you have?

The Lawnmower has stopped moving

The Lawnmower still moves, but not very well

The Throttle does not work correctly

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