The Most Common Problems with Mower Ignition in Ogden, UT

August 6, 2019

The ignition is one of the parts of a lawn mower that will most commonly fail. When it does, there are a variety of issues that could be causing that failure.

Here’s some information about some of the most common problems that occur with mower ignition in Ogden, UT.

Mower not shutting off

Have you ever had a problem with being unable to turn off your lawn mower? In some cases, the problem gets so severe that the only way for you to shut the machine down is to disconnect the spark plug, which cuts off the ignition source. Generally, turning the key of the mower should shut it off, so if that doesn’t work, there are a variety of potential issues you should examine in your mower.

The most common problems here are bad connections in the ignition switch, or issues with disconnections in the “kill” wire from its grounding area. Make sure all those wires are in good condition and properly connected. If not, the ignition switch could be the culprit.

Mower not starting up

The opposite problem here is a mower that doesn’t start up at all. You could try changing the air filter, as a clogged-up filter could prevent air from flowing into the carburetor, which would inhibit the operation of the mower. You could also try replacing the spark plugs if they’re old or damaged, or get rid of old fuel so you can clean the carburetor. One of these methods will usually solve whatever problem you’re having with your lawn mower.

Mower starts but dies quickly

If you have a mower that starts up but only runs for a few seconds or minutes before it dies, there could be a number of problems going on inside the machine. Usually the issue will be with the fuel cap, the carburetor, the fuel itself or the spark plugs.

You should not run lawn mowers with gas that contains ethanol, especially if it’s been stored for more than 30 days. You may need to clean your carburetor if you’ve been using old ethanol-containing gas. The fuel cap will have some vents that allow air to get into the gas, and if those vents have any blockages, they could be causing your mower to shut off. Finally, the spark plug or ignition coil may be malfunctioning if damaged, which would cause the machine to shut down during operation. Check out all of these parts of the mower to see if they’re the cause of your issues.

Mower stops while in use

Here, the issue might simply be that you’re trying to cut too much grass at once. This could particularly be the problem if you’re cutting especially tall grass—the grass could be getting clogged up inside the deck of the mower. However, the issue could also be with a bad coil in your ignition module.

For more information about some of the most common issues with mower ignition in Ogden, UT, contact the team at Ogden Lawn & Garden today.

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