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Frequently Asked Questions

OK, now for a bit of my twisted sense of humor. These are some of the frequently asked questions from message boards, mine or others, and email. This time with a totally inappropriate answer, or what I'd really like to say, but hopefully good for a chuckle. If you see a question you asked or are thinking of asking, don't get bent, this page is for fun only.





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I have a Toro 13 HP that somehow the oil is full of gas?? Any Ideas??

A
Burp it and quit feeding it beans.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a 4yr old Honda ride-on (pull start) which only starts only when it's been sitting in the sun for a while. I checked the basics but am stumped. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
A
Only use it on sunny days.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a Brigss & Stratton 18HP Twin II riding mower engine, model 422707, type 121401, code 9405195A. The battery is fully charged. When I turn the ignition key I hear a click but nothing happens.

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Drain the battery and it won't click anymore.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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Hi all,
I have a 5 HP Techumseh engine that is about two years old. Today while I was mowing some particularly heavy grass, the engine started to make a metallic rattling noise at about the speed of the engine RPM, then it quit. Furthermore, I noticed oil in coming out the air intake.

All in all, this sounds really bad to me. Any suggestions on what I should do now?
Thanks.

A
Bury it.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a Model 281707, Type 041101 V-280, Code 89080911. I had to get a short block, hence the V-280, but I am having trouble adjusting the governor. Where do I place the governor shaft and the lever?
A
If I told you where to place the shaft and lever I'd be arrested.
LMRM; Bob :<=

The next question is for my buddy Al who works the counter and had some knuckle head ask this.
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How much power is a 3.5hp Briggs?
A
2.6 kilovolts.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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How do I fix the brakes on my Go-Ped? They grab.
A
Aren't they supposed to?
LMRM; Bob :<=

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My girlfriend ran out of gas the other day. Went to the neighbors house to borrow some. She filled up the tank and it ran ok for a few days. Now it wont start. It its a 4 stroke engine.

She finally admitted to me that the neighbors mower was 2 stroke. So basically she put a gas/oil mixture into the tank that required straight gas.

Is this the cause of the mower now not starting? If so, what must I do to get it running again..besides getting rid of girlfriend.
thanks...

A
My address is 777 Slot Ave., Las Vegas. I hate mowing my own lawn, send girl friend.
LMRM; Bob :<=


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How do I drain the oil on a 4 cycle B&S motor? Where is the drain located? Thanks,
A
Oil? You're supposed to put oil in them things?
LMRM; Bob :<=
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Friends thought they were helping out when they tried to start our Sears B&S lawn mower to cut the grass. Unfortunatly they filled the oil to the top and oil was gushing out of everything. The air filter, the oil cap, not a good sign.

Is there a way to recover from this condition other then getting a new engine?
Thanks for your help.

A
Friends don't let friends use their mower.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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My Briggs 18.5 HP Twin I/C produses a large puff of smoke when started. It lightens up but continues to smoke while running. When the mowing deck is initially engaged it produces another large puff of smoke which also lightens up after a few seconds. Also it is down on power when mowing light to moderate height grass or when going up a slight grade. How severe is my problem? Thanks!
A
Smoking more now but getting high less? Try Acapulco Gold Filters.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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i am trying to find out the clarance between the fly wheel and the ing. coil thank you
A
Clarance won't fit between the flywheel and ing. coil you're welcome.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a John Deere LX77. It all of the sudden starts fine but and stops continuously and won't keep running. Do you have an ideas what it might be?
A
Nothing runs like a Deere!
LMRM; Bob :<=

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Late model push mower w/Briggs engine. Starter rope doesn't rewind completely. Does spring need cleaning or replacing...and what about those rivets holding it in place?
A
Well there's the problem. You've got rivets.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a 2 cycle Lawn Boy, it run's good until I try to get it to cut the grass. It die under a load. Can you help?
A
Oh yeah, Dr Kervorkian killed it and now wants me to make it all better.
or
Lawn Boy? That's not P.C.!
LMRM; Bob :<=

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Lawn Mower will not start. Checked the spark plug and it has spark but can't get the lawn mower started.
Any suggestions?
A
Place left hand on engine control lever and engage. Place right hand on starter rope grip and.....pull.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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B&S 4hp push mower ran for one month with no problems then starts a couple of times but only ran for a few min. oil okay new spark plug, new air filter. has diaphragm primer does not feel as the gas is giong through i can not check for plugs because of the choke springs over the primer section i can't get the springs off any suggesstions mower only a year old
A
Hmm, let's see. B&S push mower. Briggs doesn't make mowers.
Ran for 1 month and 2 times. That makes sense.
Has new spark plug but you can't check for plugs. That makes sense too.
Can't get the springs off the choke, that makes a lot of sense since it has a primer. Can't have both ya know.
Since you don't know the differnce between a choke and throttle spring, why not take it to the shop and let someone who knows what they're doing, do it.
LMRM; Bob :<=


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1995 Honda Harmony self-propelled push mower. In the low gear self-propulsion slips. In the fast gear it won't engage at all. Is there an adjustment that I can make to correct this myself?

A
Until you've figured out whether it's a self propelled or a push, wear golf shoes for better traction.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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While mowing, the engine quit. I believe it was out of gas.
You aren't certain? I checked the tank, it was empty and I refilled. With what? It would start and run strong for several seconds then die. Filled it with what?

I then changed the oil,(Oh) drained the carburetor,(uh-huh) drained the fuel tank,(OK) poured fresh fuel through the tank to clear any debris,(was there?) cleaned the fuel strainer with Gumout,(sure) removed air cleaner housing,(why?) cleaned air cleaner and housing,(clue!) sprayed carb barrel with Gumout,(who put the gum in there?) verified function of throttle,(function verified) and checked the gap on spark plug (.030).(WONDERFUL)

I don't know what else to do.(pull the rope) Do you have any suggestions? I'm going fishing!


LMRM; Bob :<=

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My lawn mower is locked up. Is it easy to repair?X
A
It sure is.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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Where do I put the Oil?

I just got a used gas mower.I know it needs oil but I don't know where to put it. Do Imix it with the gas?

A

LMRM; Bob :<=

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I have a Lawn Boy model 8270, with a 2 cycle engine that starts ok, but I cannot rev to full throttle. The engine does not sputter - when the throttle is increased, the RPM's won't go up. All linkages are fine, air cleaner is good, Lawn Boy brand oil is used with the proper ratio, etc. All obvious things were tried. Could it be a problem with the reeds? Nothing is damaged down there when carb was removed. Any help much appreciated. Thanks

NOTE: No response was given. Several days later, this.

Just found the answer to the problem with the Lawn Boy mower. The exhaust was extemely carboned up and almost totally blocked. After extensive cleaning, it runs like new. Hope this helps someone else having the same problem.

A
You see, no one knows all. When you claimed, "All obvious things were tried", no one responded. De-carboning the exhaust on 2 cycles is routine maintenance so it was assumed you had already done this. If the owners manual was read, oh yeah, I forgot, you threw it out with the box the mower came in.
LMRM; Bob :<=

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