Like all other household equipment, regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary to increase the efficiency of your lawn mower and extend its life. The carburetor is a vital component of the mower and must be kept clean for trouble-free operation. As you do your regular mower cleaning, be sure to pay close attention to the carburetor. Thorough cleaning ensures that the machine’s performance improves when in use. You can also avoid problems like frequent engine braking by taking care to keep the carburetor clean. Here’s a simple guide to follow that will clean your lawn mower’s carburetor.
Step 1 – Remove the cover
Step 2 – Remove the carburetor
Remove the nuts that hold the carburetor in place. Keep them away until later when you put them back together. Put down some old newspapers or paper towels and separate the two sides of the carburetor. Any gas contained in the carburetor can fall on the newspapers to avoid a disaster.
Step 3 – Cleaning
Spray carburetor cleaner all over the inside, taking care to make sure you reach all the corners, little nooks, and crevices. Dirt and grime tend to build up on the carburetor with continued use, so be sure to do a thorough job of cleaning up any accumulated grime and debris. Clean the two separate sides of the carburetor as well.
Step 4 – Compressed air
Use compressed air to clean the plastic components of the carburetor. Do not use cleaners on these parts as the chemicals can corrode the plastic.
Step 5 – Clean
Use a soft cloth to clean the bowl inside the carburetor. The cup contains the gas that is fed to the mower. Clean off all residual gas and dirt. Be careful not to use too much pressure while cleaning. The carburetor is made of aluminum and too much pressure when cleaning it will warp its shape.
Step 6 – reassemble
Replace the two parts of the carburetor and replace all nuts and bolts. Put the platform back firmly in place.
Step 7 – Fire
Turn on the fuel line and pull the starter. The mower should fire immediately unless the fuel line is clogged or the gas / air mixture is inadequate.
- Avoid cleaning the mower carburetor near any open flame. Cleaning agents are toxic and highly flammable.
- Wear safety glasses throughout the cleaning process. This will help protect your eyes from chemicals and kickback that can injure you.
- It is best to clean outdoors where there is plenty of fresh air. This will help dissipate cleaning agent emissions so that you are not exposed to suffocating air.