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#4760004 - 05/17/18 02:53 PM Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years
RoGuE Offline


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I'm being given a lawn mower that has been sitting for about 12 years. It was purchased in about 2003. It is a Toro 6.5HP, 22" deck, self propelled recycler mower. I plan on dumping the oil, and putting fresh gas in it to see what happens. Is there any other kind of maintenance I need to do first or should I just stick to those two things?
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#4760009 - 05/17/18 02:56 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
oilpsi2high Offline


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Spray oil into the cylinder before pulling.

Spray starting fluid in the carb to clean out gunk.

Pull cord.

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#4760012 - 05/17/18 02:57 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
NormanBuntz Offline


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Before you start the engine, remove the spark plug, spray some light lube in there and crank the engine for 10-15 seconds to get some oil circulated. A can of good carburetor cleaner is likely in your near future. Good luck. That's a good mower.
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#4760013 - 05/17/18 02:59 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
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theres a difference between repair and maintenance.

if youre in the repair phase just get it working first.
then you can consider what you want to so for maintenance.

e.g. filter, blades, spark plugs, fuel treatment, oil. paint

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#4760049 - 05/17/18 03:16 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: raytseng]
Kira Offline


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If fuel with ethanol was left in it there's a good chance you'll find a "nose picking's worth" of plastic clogging the fuel jet.

If you're lucky, it'll start right up.

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#4760052 - 05/17/18 03:17 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
Kamele0N Offline


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Dont forget to dump that 12yrs old gasoline too smile
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#4760090 - 05/17/18 03:58 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
Donald Offline


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Plan on rebuilding the carb to get it running properly.
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#4760095 - 05/17/18 04:02 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: Donald]
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Plan on rebuilding the carb to get it running properly.


I doubt it needs a rebuild after with so little wear and tear, but you will most likely need to clean the main jet.
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#4760103 - 05/17/18 04:15 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
boom10ful Offline


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I'll assume it has a Tecumseh engine on it. If so, don't bother cleaning the carb. These are hard to clean in my opinion. Here's a link to a genuine Tecumseh carburetor. Make sure it's the one for your motor if you do buy one.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-TECUMSEH-WITH-GASKET-640350-640303-640271-LV195EA-LEV100-LEV105-LEV120/251939869314?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

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#4760144 - 05/17/18 04:58 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: maxdustington]
boraticus Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
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Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: Donald
Plan on rebuilding the carb to get it running properly.


I doubt it needs a rebuild after with so little wear and tear, but you will most likely need to clean the main jet.



What he said. Carb will likely need cleaning. Wire, solvent & compressed air. No magic elixirs required.

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#4760226 - 05/17/18 06:33 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
Audios Offline


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Id second the spraying a little lube down the cylinder, or at least pulling the park plug wire off to get some oil splashing around before starting.
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#4760308 - 05/17/18 07:57 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
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If it has oil, then try and pull start it. Who knows, maybe it will fire and run on the old gas. If it doesn't run then go down the list, fuel, air, spark. Its a lawnmower here people, not the space shuttle. Maybe he should load up the seafoam in the fuel, amsoil in the crankcase changed at 5 hour intervals. Don't over think this.
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#4760456 - 05/17/18 10:24 PM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
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I'd bet a paycheck if gas was left in it you'll have to clean it first before it will run. The gas will be orange and it will smell different. Marvels Mystery Oil is a good cylinder soak for engines that haven't been run in a long time. Take the plug out and pour it in and let it sit a while pull the rope several times then replace plugs. I have revived many small engines like this,,, dirt bikes, lawn mowers, generators.


Edited by Sealbilly (05/17/18 10:25 PM)

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#4760538 - 05/18/18 04:14 AM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: RoGuE]
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I am surprised that no one suggested 2stroke oil as pre-lube for a cylinder smile


Edited by Kamele0N (05/18/18 04:16 AM)
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#4760827 - 05/18/18 10:26 AM Re: Starting lawn mower that sat for 12 years [Re: boom10ful]
RoGuE Offline


Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 681
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Originally Posted By: Kamele0N
Dont forget to dump that 12yrs old gasoline too smile


Gas tank is bone dry.

Originally Posted By: boom10ful
I'll assume it has a Tecumseh engine on it. If so, don't bother cleaning the carb. These are hard to clean in my opinion. Here's a link to a genuine Tecumseh carburetor. Make sure it's the one for your motor if you do buy one.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-TECUMSEH-WITH-GASKET-640350-640303-640271-LV195EA-LEV100-LEV105-LEV120/251939869314?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649



Yes a Tecumseh 6.5HP. I'll keep this is mind if it's all gummed up.
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