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Rick, Small Engine Technician
Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  Outdoor Power Equipment technical trainer since 1990, covering eight states.
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Difficulty in starting the engine after 4 weeks of inactivity.

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Difficulty in starting the engine after 4 weeks of inactivity. Have checked plug and cleaned it but did not touch gap. Fuel fresh and full. Oil OK does not burn oil.
Any ideas for obtaining start. Have left the mower in the sun for a couple of hours. There was always a tendency to flood if too many attempts are made to start. Last serviced last year. Mower about 13 years old and always serviced every year by Bridgwater Mowers where we bought the mower.
Can you help please
Peter Greig
01278 732483
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.

What engine? Model number of Briggs example(###) ###-####B! Remove the spark plug and with it grounded to the metal of the engine. crank and look for spark. No spark, try another spark plug. If it has spark, put a teaspoon of fuel direct into the spark plug hole, re-install the spark plug ad see if the engine starts for a few seconds. If it does, the fuel to the carburetor needs to be checked, then the carburetor float bowl needs to be removed nd the float and needle check,to be sure it is not stuck, and fuel is entering the float bowl.