Is My Lawnmower Dead?
April 14, 2014 4:32 PM Subscribe
I have a Craftsman mower with a 6.5 HP 4-cycle engine. Last weekend I changed the oil, put on a new blade, cleaned it up and generally got it ready for the new season. It started right up when I tested it.
posted by COD to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
Fast forward to today and my son goes to mow the yard. He reported that it blew a little white smoke, but since it seemed to be running normally he didn't worry about it. About 30 minutes into mowing it started clunking or grinding a metal on metal sound, and start blowing a lot of white smoke. That's when he shut it down. My inspection of it has revealed oil on the deck where none existed Saturday, and when I pulled the spark plug to check it was covered in oil. I can't get it to start at all.
Worn rings and time for a new mower? I got 10 years of service out of a $300 mower, so I don't really have any complaints.