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can't pull cord on craftsman briggs & stratton lawn mower

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
October 9th, 2010

craftsman briggs & stratton 675 series lawn mower. The lawn mower started just fine and I mowed a small strip of lawn and then the mower died. I tried to pull the cord and I couldn't pull it, it seemed locked. It has been several hours and I've tried it again, same thing.

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The first think you need to check is around the blade to make sure there is nothing stopping it from turning. Wear some leather work gloves when dealing the blade to help prevent any cuts that may occur.

If the blade looks to be clear, take the spark plug out and then see if you are able to get the engine to turn when you pull on the starter. If you are, check the oil to make sure it does not smell like gas. If it does, you will need to drain all the oil (with gas mixed in) out of the engine and dispose of it properly. Then you will need to clean the carburetor. Next, you will need the tip the mower to where it's only on the front wheels to drain any gas/oil from the head. After that, replace the spark plug with a new one, put fresh oil in, fuel the mower up and cut grass. The mower will smoke for about 20 minutes after this repair due to the residual oil in the head.

If the oil does not smell like gas, is it low? If not, with the spark plug out, tip the mower and see if you are able to turn the blade by hand. You will need to have someone hold down the lever that you hold to start/kill the mower. If you are still unable to get the engine to spin there is something bad wrong with the engine and you will need to have a qualified technician take a look at the machine to determine the problem.

If you found gas in the oil and you need some direction for how to clean the carburetor, let me know back on this thread and I will assist you in getting that taken care of. If that does turn out to be the case, I will also need the model number the lawn mower so I can determine which engine you have and which carburetor it has on it.

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October 9th, 2010
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Hi Karen, thanks for shopping at Sears. Sounds like it's out of oil. There is a bottle included with each new mower to fill it. If this is the what happened then put the oil in now and try to move the blade by hand to free up the piston. If you can move the blade, the recoil rope should work again. Another possibility is the operator presence device, the wire from below the handle to the engine has to move about 1/2 inch when you squeeze it. There are several places this can break.
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October 8th, 2010
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It can be frustrating to have the lawn mower develop problems when you are trying to get outside work completed. I found a previous post with some information that may help while you wait for the expert to answer. A suggestion I have is to add the model number to this thread if it is handy. It will help the expert provide a better answer. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!
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