Do It Yourself Repair: Common Repairs For A Riding Lawn Mower

Find out what five of the most common repairs for a riding lawn mower are by reading this informative article!

If you have a fairly large lawn, then you probably use a riding lawn mower to keep the grass cut down so your yard looks neat and well - groomed. Riding lawn mowers are a great invention, but, like every other mechanical machine; they need some common repairs done every now and then.

Here are five of the most common problems you can have with your riding lawn mower, and how you can repair them:

Problem 1

If your riding lawn mower won't start up without a jump start...


The problem probably lies with the battery. Check the battery terminals to make sure they are connected to the battery properly, and they are tightened. Make sure the terminal ends are clean and free from corrosion. If they need cleaned, unhook the terminals and clean the ends with a vinegar and baking soda mix. Then, inspect the battery for any leaks or bulges in its casing. If you find any damage to the casing, remove the battery and replace it with a new one. Otherwise, check the water level in the battery, and fill it to the "full" mark if it is low.

Problem 2

If the cut of your riding lawn mower is leaving your lawn shaggy and uneven...


The blades may be dull, bent, and / or nicked. Check the condition of the blades and remove them if they need sharpened or replaced. To do this, first remove the spark plug wire from the head of the plug. This is to help ensure that the riding lawn mower doesn't start when you turn the blades. It's unlikely that this would happen, but, think safety first. The next step is to loosen the nuts and / or bolts that hold the blades onto the shaft. It's a good idea to wear heavy gloves to protect your hands when you remove the blades. Either have the blades sharpened, then put them back on your lawn mower, or buy new blades and install them. Make sure that you hand tighten the nuts and bolts, and then torque them down with a wrench.

Problem 3

If your riding lawn mower starts, but won't stay running, or if the engine sputters...


The fuel filter might be plugged up and need replaced. Tightly clamp off the fuel hose between the tank and the filter. Use a pair of pliers to loosen the clamps that hold the fuel filter onto the fuel hose. Pull the fuel filter off one end of the hose. Be sure that you have a can ready to drain gas from the fuel line into. Then, remove the fuel filter from the other side, and drain the gas into a can. Purchase a new fuel filter to fit your riding lawn mower and install it.

Problem 4

If the engine of your lawn mower starts hard and then runs roughly...


You might need to replace the spark plug. To do this, wait until the engine and the plug is cooled down, if it is hot. Then, use a spark plug socket (it's longer than a normal socket and it is standard sized) and a ratchet to loosen the plug and remove it from the head. You must replace the spark plug with a new one that is exactly the same size and type. Finally, thread the base of the new spark plug into the head, and turn it in finger - tight. Tighten it up to the manufacturer's specifications in your owner's manual by using a torque wrench.

Problem 5

If the engine of your riding lawn mower "ticks", or if the oil light comes on...


.Chances are that you haven't checked the oil level for awhile. Actually, you should check the oil every time before you start your lawn mower to make sure the reservoir is full. Running an engine with a low level of oil can cause significant damage because there is not enough oil to sufficiently lubricate the internal engine. Take the oil dipstick out and check it when the engine is warm. If the level is low, add the recommended type and grade of oil to the engine of your riding lawn mower.

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