05:37PM | 05/15/06
Member Since: 05/14/06
3 lifetime posts
Recently, a member of my household was mowing the lawn. It had rained for the past week and poured earlier that morning. No adjustment was made to the mowing height or width of cut and after about twelve passes, she said the mower began to sizzle and smoke and then the spark plug shot out of the mower. Upon returning home, I noticed the under side of the mower was full of grass and the filter was covered as well. I re-inserted the spark plug, primed the engine and pulled the start rope. BANG! went the mower and the spark plug shot out across the yard, breaking into three pieces. Should I try getting a new spark plug and try again? Or do I need some major repair? Pleas help.

doug seibert

05:32AM | 05/16/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts

I imagine that the engine block cracked when

"....she said the mower began to sizzle and smoke and then the spark plug shot out of the mower......."

Best take it to the point-of-purchase or service center and get it checked........


04:36PM | 05/16/06
Member Since: 05/14/06
3 lifetime posts
I also have since noticed that the threads on the head are stripped and the spark plug only has a couple of threads in which to attach itself. Could this also be the issue? Do you think if I replaced the head and gasket with new ones, this would work. I know I can purchase them for around $20-$25...about the same cost of the service center giving my mower the once over. They would then charge me for the parts and more or less double my cost.
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