Ariens Lawn Mower Won’t Start

March 17, 2011



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Things to check for:

  • Is your engine control set on “start”?

The throttle on your lawn mower engine should be fully opened and the control handle set on “start”. To make sure, trace the sheathed control cable (which should be tightly clamped) from the handle of the equipment to the throttle. If the cable is slipping, push the cable toward the engine and tighten it with a screwdriver.

  • Is the engine fuel tank filled with fresh fuel?

Dump out the old gas from the lawn mower tank into a plastic bottle and recycle. Refill the engine with fresh gas. You should always start the new mowing season with fresh fuel.

  • Is the tank more than half full of fuel?

Low fuel in a tank can sometimes prevent the engine from starting. Add fresh fuel and try again.

  • Is the spark plug wire attached to the plug tightly?
Lawn Mower Spark Plug Wire

Lawn Mower Spark Plug Wire Kit

Spark plug wire frequently comes loose because of engine vibrations. When the wires are loose, the engine can’t get a spark, so the fuel can’t be ignited. Pull the wire off the plug, carefully crimp the metal socket and replace the socket on the plug terminal.

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