Broken mower blues
May 27, 2010 9:15 PM Subscribe
Why is my lawnmower engine suddenly racing? Can I fix it myself?
posted by Camofrog to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
I was using the mower on some fairly tall weeds. There were sapling stumps in there and I may have bumped one. Anyway, the thing started racing like mad. Shutting it down and restarting didn't fix it, nor did letting it sit for a couple of days. I don't want it to throw a blade through my foot so I'm letting it sit some more (I have a backup).
Is there a governor in there somewhere I popped a spring off or bent? Did I mess the carb up? I took it apart as much as I felt comfortable with (it's a pretty new mower and I'd rather not get into a repair I can't handle and ruin it) and couldn't see any obvious problems. I did pull and clean the air filter; didn't help.
Is there something easy I'm missing, or should I just take it to someone who knows how to fix it? It's a Toro "Recycler" self-propelled mower with a 190cc B&S engine.