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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

This sounds like that impact has bent the crankshaft, which means that the engine will either need replacing or to be rebuilt. You need to decide whether a 2 hour drive to get a quote with the ...
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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

Check for a sheared flywheel key. It connects the flywheel to the crank shaft and it's designed to break with less force than it would take to cause permanent damage to the engine. Sometimes they will ...
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Snowblower auger spins easily and does not turn impeller

There are sacrificial bolts (shear pins) that break on purpose if you hit something solid (like a rock). Check for them. It generally replaces just like a bolt (with a nut on one end, but it might use ...
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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

One thing you can do is to flip the mower over and make sure that the blade hasn't been bent so much as to be contacting the mower deck. If it has been bent, you can usually remove it with one bolt ...
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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

This exact thing happened to me last year (Husqvarna mower, long grass, hit a pipe, clang, mower stopped, cord stuck) and it was a bent blade. Hammered it back and it was OK, using the mower so far ...
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Is pre-mixed ethanol-free fuel better than mixing yourself?

Nothing is guaranteed but I think the odds of you messing up the fuel/oil mixture yourself are greater than getting a bad batch from the factory. So I would say yes, the pre-mixed fuel is a safer bet. ...
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Specialty tool needed for Stihl muffler removal

After staring at my photo for a few minutes I realized these are just plugs. After prying out the plugs the Torx bit presented its self.
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Getting stuck nut from engine shaft

You have not applied enough force in the correct direction. So, good fitting socket and a knuckle bar 18" is usually more than enough (that's the one I have and it either comes undone or breaks......
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How can I use drain motor as aquarium motor?

Pumps function by providing sufficient pressure to overcome what's called the "static head" at a desired rate of flow. Static head is the weight of the water in the height of the pipe as it rises ...
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Why won't my weed whacker keep running?

It doesn't take bad gas or ethanol to crud up tiny carb jets and orifices. Any gas gets old and any gas dries into varnish over time, especially that which has been mixed with two-stroke oil. Proper ...
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Mower barely runs and has blue exhaust

Blue smoke means it's burning oil. This could be from you overfilling the crankcase but if it is an older engine it may have been burning a little oil before the oil was added. The key here is, was ...
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Is it worth replace the engine of an 11 year old fridge

Unless your refrigerator is designed to be repaired, that is a drastic repair, and it's almost certainly going to be a better choice to buy a whole new one: Consumer fridges are designed to be ...
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Oil Viscosity in Snowblower

Use the 10w-30. If you store the blower in a warm place then you need do nothing further. If you store the blower in a cold place (around -20°C) then you should replace the 10w-30 with 5w-30 as soon ...
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How many horsepower does a 159cc engine have?

The cubic centimeter displacement spec of the engine does not directly specify the horsepower. There are other factors such as compression ratio, spark timing and operational RPM at which the ...
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Can I reuse lightly used oil when I change an oil filter?

This is more of an opinion based question rather than a "how do I do this" question. Opinion based questions are discouraged here. But I'm going to answer anyway and this is just my ...
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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

I agree with others' comments about electric mowers. (not battery; with a cord). I had one for 15 years, and only ran over the cord twice. (not the end of the world, you buy a new cord, and try to be ...
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HELP: 4-stroke engine oil mixed with gas in 2 stroke engine

Unfortunately the most likely failure point for bad oil is the piston rings. This is a "get a new snowblower" tier problem. Here's what I would do. Figure out how much fuel you mis-mixed (say 1 ...
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Husqvarna chainsaw will not idle but runs just fine

Many chain saws have two needle screws, one for the idle jet and one for the main jet. There is a pretty good chance you have something blocking the flow for the idle. It could be a particle of ...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

The two stroke oil will not hurt your four stroke mower in the least. Might make it last longer.
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Why won't my weed whacker keep running?

I have had trouble with small motors since they added methanol to the fuel. the methanol breaks down many of the rubber seals and then the residue gets stuck in the carburetor filter screen. A can of ...
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What is causing my Craftsman push mower to run erratically and quit after a few minutes?

How far apart did you disassemble the carb? Did you clean the metering valve assembly? these are usually super tiny that you need a single strand of stranded wire to get in there and clear the ball ...
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Diagnosing faulty ignition coil on lawn tractor

It sounds like the coil goes open circuit when it gets hot. That's why you didn't get a reading when you tested it post-failure, but now you do. I would say go ahead and install the coil. 15 years is ...
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Winter Oil for 4-stroke Engine

Any oil with a 5W rating is good down to -35 deg C, which is -31 deg F. Therefore based a one-time low temperature -23 deg F, you should be fine with 5W-xxx.
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Winter Oil for 4-stroke Engine

Ideally the manufacturer has engineers that put a lot of thought into this, and the manual spells out all the recommendations for even the most extreme operating conditions. But, lots of times you ...
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HELP: 4-stroke engine oil mixed with gas in 2 stroke engine

Years ago, before they made "special oil" to use as the mixture for 2 cycle engines we used the recommended amount of regular motor oil. It could be SAE30 or SAE40 and did not matter. Today they sell "...
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How do I determine if a small engine cylinder needs to be replacing?

Assuming this is a ported 2-stroke engine (you mix the fuel with oil), it has no valves and no moving parts associated with the cylinder head. Nothing touches it during operation. If it is not ...
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How to easily fill a gas can at a modern gas pump?

I've started bringing a funnel with me when filling up gas cans at the pump. I use the funnel to jam the filler neck sleeve / retaining ring into the on position, as if it were inserted into a modern ...
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Murray mower with B&S 500e engine running strange

For those symptoms, I'd initially suggest that the fuel tank and fuel-line need a flushing and cleaning. The tilting back remedy typically means the fuel tank's screen filter is mostly clogged......
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How can I use drain motor as aquarium motor?

Washing machine pump can pump this high But! has to have water enter it easily. It wont work with pump above lower bucket. Also, pump will get warm or hot even with 5 minutes use. test this. Where I ...
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Riding Lawn Mower running very loud

Things that might be the issue here: 1) Muffler is rusted out and no muffling as it should. 2) The gasket between the engine and the muffler is missing or compromised. 3) There are other loose bolts, ...
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