Did you have trouble turning off your lawnmower? Before you get it fixed, try these few suggestions. A lawnmower engine is a fairly simple machine for our garden. Always try to be neat and clean which makes your garden beautiful. Like all gasoline engines, it needs fuel, air, and a spark.
A piston condenses gasoline within a cylinder. Then a spark ignites the gasoline and the explosion drives the piston in the cylinder to spin a shaft that drives the mower blade. Just Like all gasoline engines, a lawnmower can ultimately develop problems. A homeowner can do a concise diagnosis and determine many of them.
Checking the mower switch
The first thing to do is to make sure that the switch on your mower is not working. You can do this by trying several times. You should also be sure to hold the edger securely or put it on a level surface. Also, avoid cranking the engine by squeezing the mower trigger.
Move the mower throttle
The next thing to do is put the throttle on our lawnmower on cold start. For strangers, the throttle is the switch to toggle before you start pulling the cable. The throttle will also have a label indicating whether it is a hot or cold start, so you don’t have to worry about going wrong.
Keep the trigger pressed
Once you have finished turning the trigger to the cold start position, speed up your mower engine by squeezing and holding the trigger until the mower motor stops. Holding the trigger will cause the engine to stall and then be forced to stop. You don’t have to worry about damaging the motor if you only do it a few times.
Location of spark plug wire
You can also start to find the spark plug wire for your lawnmower. The cable will travel normally from the mower’s throttle to its engine. Once you locate the cord, you can remove it from the socket so that the mower will eventually stop. You will not be able to start your mower until you reconnect the cord.
Above are tips on how to turn off a lawnmower. But of course, it would also be better to know what the problem is so that it wouldn’t happen again. Here are some of the ways to diagnose mower problems.
Checking the ignition switch
For those lawnmowers that have a power switch, you can start checking this part. This is mainly because it can be the main culprit especially if the ignition switch cannot be properly grounded.
It may be due to a bad connection and the best way to fix it is to clean the cables and connection. Once done, you can try again, and if it doesn’t start, you can start replacing the ignition switch.
Checking the stop bar
Now for lawn mowers with cutter bars, the first thing to check is the cable that connects the engine to the cutter bar. This is mainly due to the fact that the cable can hang or stick inside the engine compartment, which is why when the cutter bar has come loose, the cable will snap back into place. This will cause the mower cutter bar to fail.
Therefore, it is best to check the mower cord for nicks, stretching, or corrosion. The mower cord may also need to be replaced or lubricated.
Checking the accelerator
If there is a problem with your lawn mower’s accelerator, this may be the reason it will not stop. The throttle is the one that powers the engine, so it is open, so gas will only flow continuously.
Another thing to do is to make sure that the mower return spring in your carburetor does not weaken or break. Finally, make sure the throttle body is well lubricated.
Inspect the underside of the mower.
Clean up any clay or accumulated grass clippings that can prevent the blade from turning, putting excessive pressure on the motor. Make sure the blade can rotate freely during operation. Remove the wire from the spark plug for added safety when inspecting the blade.
Look at the muffler to make sure it is not covered. An engine must evacuate burnt gases to function properly. Clean the muffler or replace it if it is damaged and does not allow air to circulate freely.
The starter rope is difficult to pull or appears to be stuck
A typical cause of this is that the flywheel brake (the bar that holds the handle that stops the engine when released) is engaged. Be sure to lower the bar to the handle before pulling.
It can also happen if the mower blade drags in the grass or gets stuck with clippings. Move the mower from your lawn to a hard surface. With the mower turned off and the spark plug wire disconnected, clean the underside of the mower from excess clippings, then return to a safe mowing position and pull out again.
Fuel does not reach the engine properly.
If the carburetor sticks or there is bad/old fuel in the floating cartridge, not enough fuel will be able to get to the engine which could cause the problem. To resolve this problem, drain the old fuel from the float tank and clean the carburetor thoroughly. If this does not work, the carburetor may need to be replaced.
Grass and other debris that clogs the leaves
Mower blades can become clogged with grass and debris, preventing them from running properly, and often the engine dies. To resolve the problem, thoroughly clean the mower blades.
This is all the information you need to know how to diagnose your mower problem and why it won’t stop. The tips above on how to turn off a lawnmower are sure to help you turn them off safely.
If you regularly experience this problem, have it checked so that it can be replaced. It will also prevent injuries and accidents if the mower starts working again.