Push mower wont start! Help please!!!!

kmckinn2July 21, 2009

Hey everybody,

I'm getting desperate so I thought I would turn to the online experts! I have a John Deere JX75 push mower that hasn't been run in about 2 years so there was no surprise when I tried to start it up last week and it didn't do anything. So first I made sure it had fresh gas, changed the oil, air filter, and spark plug. It still didn't run so I took off the carb bowl and cleaned it and a couple other pieces with carb cleaner.... still nothing.

I also have checked to make sure the spark plug is getting electricity by putting a screw driver in the rubber spark plug cap, placing it next to the metal body of the mower, cranking it and looking for a blue spark (which it had). '

The only response I've gotten out of the mower is when i put a little squirt of gas into the spark plug socket, replacing it, and cranking it. It will run for about 2 seconds and big puff of white smoke comes out that doesn't smell too good.

Can anyone out there help me? I'm trying to avoid taking it to a repair shop but I will if I have to.

Thanks a lot,


Oh yea, there may be some beer in it for payment =)

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From time to time the question is asked about why an engine will not run long, or smoothly, or will start with starting fluid and not continue to run. The problem is usually because of a blocked or constricted jet. The small ones are easy to miss.
Shown are 3 of the typical jets and the small holes. All 3 are Tecumseh jets. Briggs jets are similar with the center-bottom hole and one on the side. All these holes need to be fully clean and open for the engine to run correctly.
Some jets only have the center-bottom hole.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 6:01AM
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baymee; GREAT PICS!
The white smoke also brings up questions - like maybe at some point the mower was tilted up on it's side with the carburetor on the low side, allowing oil into the carb, cylinder and muffler. Because it is turning over and firing, there is no hydraulic lock, so it's either a badly worn engine or just oil in the muffler. You won't know until you get it running and give it a few minutes to burn off excess oil. If it keeps blowing oil smoke and the oil level is right, it may be shot.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 9:42AM
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I've had to run some engines 10 minutes or more to get all the oil out of the muffler. At the same time on its side, the air cleaner usually gets saturated and ruined and should be replaced before starting.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 11:24AM
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When I took the bowl off the carb, it had a nut on the very bottom, I looked for holes but couldn't see any. There was also a screw on the bottom side with a spring around it that I had to take out to make the bowl come out. No holes there either. Where exactly are these jets? Do I need to go deeper into the carb?

I (hope) don't think the engine is shot.

Thanks again,


    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 11:51AM
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You probably have a Briggs carb. The holes would be similar to the very top picture. The jet is the nut you removed. I have no idea what the other part was.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 8:40PM
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IIRC, the JX75 has a Kawasaki engine.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 9:18PM
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Push mower wont start! Help please????

I just gotta say it.

If your push mower wont start, just push it harder!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 10:10PM
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Then the jet is probably directly above the bolt that holds the carb's bowl in place. Looks like a straight screwdriver slot with a small hole in the center.

Usually not a troublesome carb. Loosen the carb bowl nut a little and see if you are even getting gas into the bowl. It might also have a drain screw.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 6:33AM
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