It can take a bit of gumption to get off the couch, change into some work clothes, and head outside to start cutting the lawn. Once you've made the decision to tackle this task, there are few things more frustrating than not being able to get your lawn mower started. While you might be able to borrow a neighbor's mower to get the job done, you'll need to take your machine to a local lawn mower repair service to get this problem fixed. There are a number of potential problems that may be present when your lawn mower won't start, but your repair professional will diagnose the issue, give you a repair quote, and get the job done properly. Here are some issues that the machine may be facing.
Tangled Starter Cord
It's possible that the lawn mower's starter cord is tangled inside of the starting mechanism, which will prevent you from pulling it out fully. The result can be that the machine doesn't start. You might think that a tangled starter cord is something that you could address yourself, but the problem is that the tangled part of the cord is likely out of sight inside of or adjacent to the starter mechanism. Your repair professional will have to take the mower apart to access the cord, where he or she will likely remove and replace it.
Dirt Build Up
It's often the case that a build up of dirt can prevent a lawn mower from starting properly. If there's too much grime around the starter mechanism, it may not turn as far or as quickly as you want when you pull the starter cord. Few people take the time to clean their lawn mowers regularly, and a lack of attention in this regard can lead to this build up of dirt. Dried grass clippings, gunk from the machine's exhaust, and airborne dirt can all settle in this area and compromise the machine's ability to start. Your technician will clean this area thoroughly and replace any parts as needed.
Spark Plug Issues
If your lawn mower isn't starting, there's a good chance that something is wrong with the spark plug. In some cases, the spark plug will be dead and require replacing. In other situations, the spark plug has simply become loosened. For example, this may occur because of vibrations if you're rough with the lawn mower — perhaps banging it into the base of your fence, rocks, and other hard obstacles around where you work. Tightening or replacing the machine's spark plug is quick work for any repair professional.