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Old 2013-07-10, 09:43 PM
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Default Lawnmower woes, time for a new one or small engine repair shop?

Guys, we got a MTD 21 Mulching Lawnmower (made in Canada!) and it's been working great since we bought it used 7 years ago until yesterday. It started fine and I made a couple of passes and then it just died off. I could not start it after. The cord pulls fine and I could see smoke coming out on the side but that's about it.

This is what I have done

- Replace the sparkplug with a brand new one

- Spray Quick Start (from Canadian Tire) in the air chamber

- Remove the fuel line and clean the carburetor

- Put some fuel injection cleaner in the gas tank.

- New oil and blade sharpened last month.

This is what I could possibly do (but I don't think it will make a difference)

- Fresh gas. I recently topped up with approx. 2-month old gas

- New air filter. I last replaced it 2 years ago and it doesn't look very dirty but doesn't hurt to try

- New cable

Failing all that, I am not sure if it's worth it to bring to a small engine repair shop (please recommend one near Barrhaven) or just get a new one. Bummer but it has done its job for 7+ years and maybe it has run its course.


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Old 2013-07-10, 09:49 PM
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Fresh gas. New air filter. New spark plug. Every year. Should keep it running fine.

Or plan B, pay the kid down the street to cut it once a week for $20.
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Old 2013-07-10, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by canabiz View Post
- Fresh gas. I recently topped up with approx. 2-month old gas
Maybe completely empty the gas that's in there now and pour in fresh gas.
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Old 2013-07-11, 08:18 AM
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If you are looking to get it fixed and would like an estimate, try these guys.

I brought my neighbours snowblower to them when it seized after being run without oil. They fixed it and I thought it was a fair price. They then did a complete overhaul on my snowblower after I broke a belt.

Low key, no pressure sales. Loved working with them.

They are just south of Barrhaven.
Also, when they did my snowblower, I just left it at the side and they picked it up (small fee). They returned it the same way. Super convenient.

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Old 2013-07-11, 10:04 PM
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I had a friend coming over earlier tonight and we found the cause: the shear pin is broken. I called Barrhaven Canadian Tire but they don't have anything in stock (I tried bunch of different keywords like *shear pin*, *shaft pin*, *flywheel*) so I'll be on the hunt for one, it shouldn't cost too much.

I will then put everything back and fingers crossed, it should start. We checked out the other components and they look fine. This kind of thing is built to last.
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Old 2013-07-12, 06:17 AM
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IMO one of the most important maintenance steps for any gas lawn mower to keep it running well is to use fuel stabilizer in the fall before you put it away. So, in the late fall, fill the gas tank 90% full, top up with fuel stabilizer, and run the machine for 5 minutes.

Fuel preservative is a red liquid available in small bottles at any Canadian Tire.

This goes for snowblowers as well.
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