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Lawn mower repair

The average suburban lawn mower is a true workhorse, but you might not be maintaining it as well as you should. Here are some practical tips on troubleshooting common problems, how to make some lawn mower repairs yourself and how to maintain your mower so it keeps performing well year after year.

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Ready to get your hands dirty? It's time to say goodbye to Old Man Winter and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature ...

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The only time a carburator needs replacing is if you put some really corrosive cleaner in it that ate through the metal (usually aluminum), or if you have physically broken it.

Otherwise, carbs can be rebuilt - rebuild kits (that contain basically all the non-metallic parts, the primer bulb (usually) and carb gaskets) typically run $10-25. A tuneup (carb rebuild and new spark plug) with parts typically runs about $60-80 ($100-150 for rider mowers), although a lot of repair shops have $45-60 spring specials. Probably needs a sharpening too - another $10-15 or so when done as part of a tune-up.

By hiring someone to do it, I presume you mean taking it to a small engine repair shop with a good word of mouth reputation, and being sure to get a dropoff receipt and estimate in writing that you carry away with you.

If it runs at all, or ran last fall, this is probably all you need.

Compare this to the cost of a new mower - for a rider mower, no comparison of course - go with the carb cleaning and rebuild. However, for a standard 20-22 inch push power mower, replacement cost is about $140-250, depending on whether you go with a Walmart special or brand name, additional $100 or so if self-propelled or bagging type.

For a 10 year old push type power mower, if it sits outside all winter or is pretty rusty, since you are not mechanically inclined I would recommend getting a new mower - something like a Sears or Murray Ohio (at Target, WalMart, etc) plain-jane mower for about $150-180 unless you have steep hills or medical issues, then get the self-propelled model. A 20 inch or even 18 inch will do fine for a small lawn; if you have several lawns or a pretty big lawn area (over say 2500 SF) then you probably want a 22 inch - the extra path width makes quite a difference in how long it takes to mow.

If it sleeps in a shed or garage and is not rusting out, I would recommend a new one if the plain jane will do it for you, otherwise if the replacement one that you would buy is over about $250 I would go with the carb overhaul and tuneup.

I would STRONGLY recommend you get a 4 cycle engine - I swear by Briggs and Stratton rather than Tecumseh or other brands. 4 cycles start much easier and are less sensitive to fuel/air mix issues, and the plugs stay clean a lot longer. 2 cycles are lighter for the same horsepower which is why you see them a lot in outboard motors that are less than about 50-80 HP and in small generators and motorcycles, but they are a lot more tempermental about starting, especially in cold weather or after a long storage.

If you pay attention to proper winter storage procedure, rebuilding the carb on the old one should last you another 5+ years. I have a Murray Ohio with 4 cycle Briggs and Stratton engine that is 33 years old, lives in an unheated shed in a northern state, and has had nothing more than annual blade sharpening, oil change every few years, and one carb overhaul and plug cleaning (and ZERO new spark plugs) in its life, and starts by second pull every spring. The key is if you store it inside in a garage to run it dry each fall (so you do not have gas in the garage, for safety reasons in case it leaks out); if you leave it outside I fill the tank to the top so moisture cannot acccumulate from moist air "breathing" in and out of the tank due to temperature changes. I do this with mower, chain saw, leaf blower, weed wacker - all start on first or second pull in the spring (and throughout the summer). If you live in an area with a lot of moisture in the winter air (ours is very dry) you might have to add Heet or Sta-Bil to the fuel can (per instructions) before topping off tank.

You will find other people who say you HAVE to run it dry each season. Their theory is that if there is no gas in it then there is no gas to collect moisture or to evaporate and turn to varnish over the winter (though that generally takes a few years of sitting to happen). My theory is if it is filled with fuel it cannot dry out and leave varnish residue to block the fuel tube screen and fuel jets, plus it does not rust metal fuel tanks by being empty. To each their own procedure.

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No personal experience on rider mowers but some with small rider tractors, but since you have gotten no response in 5 days, here is my 2 cents worth:

 

1) read the Consumer Reports and JD Powers reviews on rider mowers

 

2) from what neighbors have told me, TroyBilt are maintenance problem and not built very rugged, Sears tend to have transmission/drive train problems, those with John Deere say they were unhappy with the price but they run well and don't have extreme maintenance costs - so sounds to me like JD is best brand out there right now.

 

3) A recommendation also from personal small engine experience and neighbors - stay with Briggs and Stratton 4 cycle engines if possible, and stay away from 2 cycle engines - they are lighter and cheaper, but have a LOT more starting problems and tend to not last as long.

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With you not saying what this is on - could be portable device or very small rider mower - check oill level - some fancier ones on air compressors and pressure washers and rider mowers have oil monitor that shuts it off if oil pressure does not build up. Failed governor spring (rare - would be one of my last guesses) can do this, but when I had it happen the engine ran up to speed and died in only a second or two - not 8 seconds. Governor linkage usually an external metal rod with springs connecting to the carb - try watching it during the 8 seconds to see if it is yanking the throttle/choke setting back causing it to shut down. Also check to be sure not blocked by twig or leaves or such. I would check the plug after it dies - if wet then you are pretty sure you are getting fuel, if dry then maybe it is only getting fuel from manual priming or automatic choke, but then the choke is cutting out and starving the engine for fuel. IF your model has accessible automatic choke linkage (or if choke plate is accessible if you remove air cleaner), try using a long tool (not fingers, in case of backfire through carb) to adjust choke angle to see if that will make it keep running - if you can see it after taking off air cleaner, it should be staying full on for probably 20-40 seconds before it opens up wide open if temperature contr4olled type, but the engine-speed type open up as soon as engine comes up to speed. Another possibility - check air cleaner to be sure not plugged with dirt - wash (and with many models oil) per owners manual instructions. Another common problem - starts on priming or choke, but when on regular fuel flow leans out and dies due to air leak in fuel line letting air in with fuel, or dirty screen in tank not letting enough fuel in to keep it running. Also, crudded up holes in the tank cap can cause vapor lock by not letting air in to tank to replace fuel consumed - remove and take out inner liner and check holes in liner and metal cap are open so you can see daylight through them. Another possibility - look for debris, etc keeping throttle from opening up - could be idle screw jiggled loose and is set too low. Try screwing it in a half turn or so to see if keeps running - because might be starting on choke but then when choke starts opening up the idle setting is too low so throttle is not open enough to keep it running. If consistently runs 8 seconds and dies, try turning the main needle valve 1/4 turn one way, then if tht does not work back the 1/4 turn plus 1/4 turn the other way (keep track of turns so you know where initial setting is) - if one or other makes better than adjust in that range for smooth running and no flooding or leaning out when you open throttle up.
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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in San Antonio

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They estimated 17 day in ordered to get an estimation for repair and they said they would call before repairing, never called about the Estimation , they just repaired and told me to come pick it up or it would become their property in 30 days
- clifton M.
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He came actually a bit early and worked fast and efficiently. When we still had a minor issue with the carburetor after the first repair he came back at no charge and immediately fixed the issue.
- Cynthia C.
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I was very impressed with
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punctuality, professionalism and, knowledge of lawn mower repair. My mower had not been used in four years. He had it running within minutes. Since I am not familiar with how a lawn mower works, I can't tell you what he did. All I know it was running perfectly when he left and continues to work just fine. I would highly recommend
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- Sandra C.
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I called and left a message on Thursday 1/29/15. He called back within a few hours and said he had an opening on Friday but had another call in New Braunfels first. Said he would call when he was on his way. He called Friday afternoon and said he was still in New Braunfels and asked if he could come Saturday. Told him that was fine. He called when he was about thirty minutes away and arrived at the time that was agreed on Friday. Since it was raining, we made room in the garage for him to work. He explained what he was doing and I left him alone, occasionally checking to see if he needed anything.
He had everything he needed in his van including routine parts and gas. He was very friendly and answered a few questions I had. He left the area as clean as it was when he arrived. I used the pressure washer today and the motor ran very smooth. I think the pump on the washer may need some work but he explained that usually the pumps will operate better after using for about 30 minutes. He would have worked on the pump itself if I had asked but that would have been significantly more than what we had asked him to come for. He assured me that it was usually unnecessary for him to take the pump apart and that it would most likely function properly with normal use. He did not try to up-sell me.
- Mark M.
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I was very pleased with the cost and service received by
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, and will definitely use again as the need arises. Not having to deal with the hassle of taking my lawn mower to a small engine repair shop, combined with Saturday hours so I didn't have to take time off from work, gives
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to the competition. For anyone who has a hectic work week, and has limited means to haul lawn equipment to a repair shop,
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is a great alternative. The at-home repair cost for the services received were very competitive to businesses where you must bring in your equipment for repairs. Overall, it was a
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- sandy P.
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The place is huge, but evidently very organized. I took in a lawn mower that wouldn't start. They fixed it in just a couple of days. They sharpened my loppers, too.
The price was definitely reasonable, and it didn't take them long to get it done. I'd definitely use them again.
- kurt E.
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A few months ago I contacted mustang because my riding lawn mower would not work after sitting idle for about a year. My grandson installed a new battery, spark plug, air and fuel filter, cleaned the carburetor and installed a new float, replaced the band that turns the blade, and replaced the old gasoline with new. It still did not work so I called Mustang. It took the better part of 2 months to get it back costing me big bucks to have my yard mowed and edged. The charges from Mustang were outrageous for what probably was needed -a new carburetor. They replaced the new plug, filters, a new fuel filter and who knows what else they did to run up the bill. I seriously doubt it took 3-1/2 hours labor to replace the carburetor. When
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brought it back it did run so I guess that is the good part of this review. I sent an email to them detailing my complaint but I did not receive the courtesy of a response. BUYER BEWARE!

Note: see below: the year our house was built is a guess and has nothing to do with this complaint!
- Barbara F.
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I called
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and left a voicemail regarding fixing my lawnmower and my suspicions about it being a carburetor . He put me on the schedule that same day for early the next week. He sent a text message the night before reminding me he would be over. He called about 45 minutes before his arrival to let me know his GPS put him at 40 minutes away. He showed up as scheduled. He cleaned the inspected the lawnmower , cleaned the carburetor, sharpened the blades, and did something so that it would start on the first pull!.
Very happy and satisfied with the entire experience.
- Owen K.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in San Antonio

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Al’s Small Engine Repair

2414 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio

Andy's Repairs

303 Elm St
New Braunfels

Angels At Work

San Antonio

ASHLEYS SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

29750 US HWY 281 N
Bulverde

Aspirin Services

Canyon Lake

Blanco Fixit

4546 Blanco Rd
San Antonio

Daveko

6621 Circle Oak
Bulverde

Dewinne Equipment CO

11002 Bandera Rd
San Antonio

DKL ENTERPRISES

272 OLD MEDINA HWY
Bandera

Doc Wally's In Home Service

374 Tanager Dr
New Braunfels

Ewald Tractor Inc

29171 I-10 West
Boerne

GRAVELY SALES & SERVICE CO

115 BRANIFF DR
San Antonio

Green Masters Landscaping And Lawncare

426 E Mistletoe
San Antonio

Home Improvements of Texas

Gruene Rd.
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J S SHOP

655 Fm 2146
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JM SERVICES

PO BOX 33594
San Antonio

JOHN H SOROLA INC

523 W CYPRESS ST
San Antonio

LAWN TEX SMALL ENGINE SVC CTR

429 BLUE STEM RD
Seguin

MALDONADO NURSERY & LANDSCAPING

16348 NACOGDOCHES
San Antonio

Mission Outdoor Power Equipment

3432 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio

MND Mechanical

1025 US 87
Comfort

MUSTANG EQUIPMENT CO

16331 Pleasantville Rd
San Antonio

Paradise Landscaping

14927 Hidden Glen Woods
San Antonio

Pintura Paint Store

4335 Vance Jackson #101
San Antonio

R&R MECHANICAL

32990 IH 10 W
Boerne

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

S & L Engine Repair

12438 FM 306
Canyon Lake

San Antonio Mobile Auto Repair

7810 Callaghan Rd Apt 308
San Antonio

SEARS

8910 BANDERA RD
San Antonio

Sears - San Antonio

6301 NW Interstate 410 Loop Frontage Rd
San Antonio

SEARS AUTO CENTER

201 CENTRAL PARK MALL
San Antonio

Sippel True Value Hardware & Just Ask Rental

513 Pat Booker Rd
Universal City

TEXAS REPAIR CENTER INC

11937 PERRIN BEITEL RD
San Antonio

Texas Yard Monsters

7831 Mainland Woods
San Antonio

TOP NOTCH TRUCK ACCESSORIES

3702 IH 35 S
New Braunfels

Tuttle Motor & Hardware

509 Avenue H
Poteet

WELDING MACHINE & TORCH REPAIR

7110 ECKHERT RD
San Antonio

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