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Poulan Pro Lawn mower is hard to start

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Solution 1:
Carburetor
The carburetor might be clogged. A clogged carburetor is most commonly caused by leaving fuel in the hedge trimmer for a long period of time. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may...
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Lawn Mower Carburetor
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Solution 2:
Primer Bulb
Over time, the rubber of the primer bulb can become brittle and cracked. If the primer bulb is cracked, air will get into the fuel system and cause the engine not to run properly. If the primer bulb...
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Lawn Mower Primer Bulb
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Solution 3:
Carburetor Repair Kit
The carburetor might be clogged. A clogged carburetor is most commonly caused by leaving fuel in the hedge trimmer for a long period of time. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may...
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Lawn Mower Carburetor Repair Kit
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Solution 4:
Old or Bad Gasoline
There may be old or bad fuel in the carburetor float bowl. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate, leaving behind a thicker, stickier substance. This sticky fuel can clog up the carburetor and make the engine hard to start. If the carburetor is clogged, try cleaning it with carburetor cleaner. If cleaning the carburetor isn’t effective, rebuild or replace the entire carburetor.
Solution 5:
Spark Plug
Inspect the spark plug for signs of wear or damage. If the porcelain insulator is cracked, an electrode is burned away or damaged, or there is heavy carbon buildup at the electrode, replace the spark...
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Lawn Mower Spark Plug
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Solution 6:
Fuel Pump
The fuel pump has three ports: the gas in port, the gas out port, and the pulse port. The pulse port is connected to the engine crankcase by a small rubber tube. As the engine runs, air inside the...
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Lawn Mower Fuel Pump
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Solution 7:
Flywheel Key
If the generator engine won’t start, the flywheel key might have sheared in half. The flywheel key is a small metal piece which fits into the crankshaft and engages with the flywheel. If the...
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Lawn Mower Flywheel Key
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Solution 8:
Ignition Coil
The ignition coil sends voltage to the spark plug while the engine is running. If the ignition coil is defective, the engine may be hard to start. Before replacing the ignition coil, ensure that the...
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Lawn Mower Ignition Coil
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Solution 9:
Fuel Filter
The fuel filter might be clogged. A clogged fuel filter is most commonly caused by leaving old fuel in the lawn mower. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate, leaving behind a...
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Lawn Mower Fuel Filter
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Solution 10:
On - Off Switch
To determine if the on-off switch is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity.
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Lawn Mower On - Off Switch
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Solution 11:
Rewind Spring
When the starter rope is pulled and released, the rewind spring recoils the starter rope onto a pulley. If the rewind spring is broken, the rope won’t be able to recoil onto the pulley. As a result,...
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Lawn Mower Rewind Spring
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Solution 12:
Rewind Pulley and Spring
When the starter rope is pulled and released, the rewind spring recoils the starter rope onto a pulley. If the rewind spring is broken, or if the rewind pulley is worn out, the rope won’t be able to...
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Lawn Mower Rewind Pulley and Spring
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Solution 13:
Recoil Spring
When the starter rope is pulled and released, the recoil spring recoils the starter rope onto a pulley. If the recoil spring is broken, the rope won’t be able to recoil onto the pulley. As a result,...
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Lawn Mower Recoil Spring
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Solution 14:
Recoil Starter
When the starter rope is pulled and released, the recoil spring recoils the starter rope onto a pulley. If the recoil spring is broken, the rope won’t be able to recoil onto the pulley. As a result,...
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Lawn Mower Recoil Starter
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Solution 15:
Recoil Starter Pulley
The recoil starter pulley winds up the starter rope when the rope is not in use. If the recoil pulley is broken or stuck, it won't be able to rewind the starter rope. As a result, the engine won't...
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Lawn Mower Recoil Starter Pulley
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Solution 16:
Pre-Cleaner
If the lawn mower engine is hard to start the air filter pre cleaner might be clogged. This is rare. Remove the pre cleaner and clean it thoroughly.
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Lawn Mower Pre-Cleaner
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