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Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Posted by enigma7 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 13:28

Hi Everyone,

So I inherited a 6 month old Toro 22" self-propelled Recycler mower from my BIL that moved away (think it's 149cc and 6.75HP but don't quote me on that). So a really nice practically new mower that has probably only been used 5-10 times total. When I got it the gas had been drained but the oil was still in. Spent 30min looking for an ON/choke/priming bulb only to realize (after downloading the .pdf manual) that it doesn't use a prime you just pull the handle.

So I did that and it didn't start. And I did it another 30-100 times using different techniques (holding down just the start pulley, holding down both the self-propel and the start, etc). This was all before I downloaded the manual because how hard can something that says "Guaranteed to start" right on the damn mower can it be! :)

So after reading the manual and being sure I was doing it properly I started to second guess the fluids/parts. So I drained the fuel again and refilled with new (thinking there might have been water or something in the lines), drained the oil and refilled with new, and pulled and checked the spark plug. Still no dice. The mower wants to start but nothing.

So then I took off the air intake and shot some MAF cleaner (highly flammable) into the intake and when I pulled the cord it immediately started for about 2 seconds and then went dead. That confirms for me that the spark plug is working fine. Did this a couple more times and then got pissed and alternated between Sea Foam Deep Creep (another aerosol that removes carbon and buildup) and the MAF cleaner and was able to keep the engine going for a full 30sec before I stopped spraying, and it immediately went dead.

So my hunch is that the mower is fine but not getting fuel. Then I noticed some warning writing that said to change X at X interval and it mentioned this mower has a fuel filter. I've never used a push mower with a fuel filter and am wondering if that is somehow clogged it would cause exactly what I'm experiencing. Unfortunately I don't know where the filter is, nor exactly how to remove and replace it.

Before I try that can someone confirm who has this mower that there is no shutoff/off switch that I somehow missed? I swear for such a new mower to not get fuel seems difficult for me to imagine, and I just keep looking for a switch that is not letting fuel get to the engine!?!?

Thanks for your help.


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Wanted to add this, apparently this lady has exactly the same issue (and same mower) that I have. The answers are also pretty awful so don't read them. Again she confirmed there is no prime on this mower, and like me she replaced the gas. Please help!

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121009074647AABoDbH


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Hey again, this is not my exact mower but is a GREAT reference for pretty much any carborated engine. I'm running out right now to see if that bolt with the jets is clogged!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h2O4QsUZZo


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

MY old Toro GTS has a fuel shut off, The mower starts a lot easier if it is opened.


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Mine doesn't appear to. So I used that last video link and tore apart most of the carb (without actually removing it from the engine) and poked at some holes and sprayed it with MAF cleaner. Put it back together and viola! It started and ran for about a minute before it started to run rough again. I had it self propel around the yard for a couple minutes hoping it would go away but it seems like there must be some gunk in the fuel lines. :( I think it might be time for a complete teardown and rebuild of the carb which is not what I wanted to see (or probably can do myself).


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

  • Posted by baymee LehighValleyPA (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 16:20

There is probably something in the jet you missed. There's a good chance that the gas was left in the tank and has long evaporated, leaving clogged jets.

Use carburetor cleaner on the jets. Some of these pictures might help. The bottom jet has a small hole at 11 o'clock,



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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Classic issue of fuel starvation caused from sour fuel . Put an ounce of concentrated fuel cleaner within the fuel and restart the mower. Let the unit run a few times and it will eventually run fine . If your in a hurry use a tag wire and compressed air to clean the orifices within the jets as illustrated by Bay . I have the same mower purchased last fall and it very efficient unit .


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

  • Posted by baymee LehighValleyPA (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 20:09

Hi ewalk, haven't seen you or rustyj on here for awhile.


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RE: Toro 22" Recycler can't get it started! Please help!

Heh there baymee , doing fine . Just back from some traveling with the RV . Hunting Season just around the corner , so trying to get the bucket list done asap lol . I think rustyj is on the Tractors site pretty regularly .


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