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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

First off, this is NOT to be confused with this question: What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine? 2 cycle oil is used for my weed eater. There is no way I could use a whole ...
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How can I improve my gasoline can spout?

As anyone living in the United States that has bought a gas container in the past several years knows, fuel/gasoline container spouts have changed. The new spouts have a locking/safety mechanism and I ...
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no more oil in cub cadet self propelled lawn mower

Yea, I know, shame on me. How do I clean the oil compartment if the oil is all burnt? Here's what happened: My mower started smoking and it occurred to me that I haven't changed the oil in a year. ...
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How can I determine what size bolt I need to repair my Briggs & Stratton 650 Series engine?

The carburetor on my B&S mower engine has come loose. Specifics are "Model 120000 Quantum 650 Series." It appears there is a bolt I need to find a replacement for (I don't have it) on the front ...
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why did my mower suddenly start running slower?

This mower has an odd history, but appeared to be in good shape. It was given to me by a friend, who picked it up from the curb in his neighborhood (it's a nice neighborhood). I don't know if he found ...
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How can I remove this stuck nut on my riding mower?

I am attempting to repair a shattered housing mandrel on my Husqvarna riding mower. I have it largely disassembled however I am facing a common problem: a stuck nut on a piece that is moving. The only ...
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is my lawnmower beyond redemption?

My Toro walk-behind lawnmower is around 3years old, and I'm guilty of not having done any sort of maintenance to it. Never an oil change, never anything other than fill it and mow. I do drain fuel at ...
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What could cause my Craftsman push mower to die after running for a few minutes?

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?

My lawn mower was giving me the worst time tonight. The only way I could keep it running was to pull the choke back and the engine would start again. Finally, after 30 minutes of messing with it, the ...
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How can I tell if something is ruptured inside my lawnmower?

My lawnmower got thrown into a rolloff container by mistake. When I went to dig it out, it was upside down and when I tipped it right-side up, all sorts of black liquid (I assume oil?) came spilling ...
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What are good options for protecting expensive lawn equipment?

Question is self explanatory. We had a zero-turn stolen last year. We plan on buying another one this year, and I want to protect it. I've never looked into options available, but I'd like to tag my ...
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How to sharpen a lawn mower blade?

Is it possible for a DIYer to sharpen the blade on their lawn mower? If so, how would I sharpen the blade on my lawn mower? It is a reasonably basic push mower but it does have a 'mulching' blade. ...
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How often should I change the oil in my lawn mower

I have just purchased a new lawn mower and am wondering about the maintenance. I'm not very good at mechanical maintenance and without a small engine shop in my local home town I'm wondering what I ...
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Mowing a badly inclining lawn

I've got a lawn with a rather steep drop that I'm finding difficult to mow. My wife thinks we should get a self-propelled push mower, but I don't think anything in a consumer range is going to be ...
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Storing riding lawnmower under deck

I have a ceiling system under my deck so that no water gets to anything under there. I'd like to store my riding lawnmower under there. The surface of the ground isn't wet, but I wanted to put ...
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How should I drain fuel from my mower?

I have a Honda lawn mower (HRX217K2VKA) and I want to drain the fuel for winter. How should I do this? Three options spring to mind: Run the engine until the fuel is gone. Tip the mower to pour the ...