Murray riding lawn mower model 425001x8

robert_in_oklahomaApril 25, 2012

Ok, so I'll admit that I'm an idiot.

I wanted to replace the mower blades without having to remove the mower housing so I laid the mower on it's side and replaced the blades.

The mower won't start now.

I looked under the hood and realized that oil has gotten into the chamber where the air filter is. No telling where else it is, but I can't afford to pay someone to fix it.

I need detailed instructions on how to fix this problem.

Any takers out there...??? :)

Thanks

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bill_kapaun

The air filter is probably saturated, so count on replacing that.
Wipe out as much oil from the filter housing etc. that you can.

I'd remove the spark plug and crank the engine over for a bit to "blow out" any oil that MIGHT have drained into the cylinder.

Reinstall the spark plug.
Check oil level.

Hopefully, you're good to go.
Expect a LOT of smoke for a couple minutes.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 10:11PM
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robert_in_oklahoma

That might work, except the engine doesn't turn over. When I turn the key, it just clicks like something is stuck. I'm pretty sure oil has leaked into the cylinder. I don't have a diagram of the engine, so I'm just guessing.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 12:55PM
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robert_in_oklahoma

That might work, except the engine doesn't turn over. When I turn the key, it just clicks like something is stuck. I'm pretty sure oil has leaked into the cylinder. I don't have a diagram of the engine, so I'm just guessing.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 1:01PM
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bill_kapaun

Did you miss the part about-

"I'd remove the spark plug and crank the engine over for a bit to "blow out" any oil that MIGHT have drained into the cylinder. "

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 4:52PM
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robert_in_oklahoma

No, I didn't miss that part, except there is no spark plug. It's an electric start. I've been soaking up oil most of the day so now I'm looking for an engine manual to help me figure out a way to remove the affected parts and clean them, but the problem remains that the engine won't even turn over when I turn the key.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 6:15PM
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bob_k

Is this a Diesel? Diesels don't have spark plugs. But if you put gasoline in the fuel tank then you need a spark plug to ignite the gas once it is compresse by the piston.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 6:53PM
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bill_kapaun

IF you can't find the spark plug, you really should have someone else fix this!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 9:27PM
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robert_in_oklahoma

Silly me...I always assumed the spark plug was easy to see. LOL

I found it, removed it, will replace it, along with the oil tomorrow and see what happens. I'll let you know.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 9:43PM
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robert_in_oklahoma

Well, I took your advice and now the mower is back to normal. Thanks so much.

P.S. This was my first attempt at fixing a mower, so excuse me for being a little dumb. LOL

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 1:28AM
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bill_kapaun

Well, You kind of covered yourself with the opening line in your first post---

Glad it's working!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 2:04PM
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