lawn mower problem

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by George Macomber, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. I think are nieghbor put sugar in the gas tank
    of are lawn mower. The plug is now fouled.
    Is the lawnmower ruined or will cleaning
    the tank out and replacing the plug
    fix it.

    George Macomber, Jun 10, 2004
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    Halvey Guest

    Do you have a barking dog? =)
    Halvey, Jun 10, 2004
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    jene Guest

    If it's really sugar in the fuel tank,
    don't waste your time on the plugs.
    jene, Jun 10, 2004
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    Randy Guest

    If it's sugar, it's easy to find out. Shake the mower and then dump the
    gas into a transparent container (perhaps a plastic milk jug) and look
    for white sediment in the bottom. Sugar doesn't dissolve completely in
    gasoline, so most will have precipitated to the bottom.

    If you have been sugared, you should be able to fix the mower, since the
    mower engines are less sophisticated than cars. You may have to
    disassemble the carb to fully clean it, but I'd just remove it and rinse
    it thoroughly several times in clean gasoline.

    You'll want to purge the mower's fuel line and replace the fuel filter
    (if there is one). The plug will have to be cleaned thoroughly and
    probably replaced.

    Be sure to let the engine, carb, and mower dry out a bit before
    restarting it. You don't want to ignite the residual gas that's
    probably still sitting on the mower.

    Randy, Jun 10, 2004
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    m Ransley Guest

    Sugar shouldnt foul plugs, an old unmaintained rich burning motor will.
    Take apart the carb before you blame anyone and regret it.
    m Ransley, Jun 10, 2004
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Do you mow at 4 in the morning or 11 in the night?
    Just wondering.
    Tony Hwang, Jun 10, 2004
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