It stopped working about five years ago. The owner parked it behind his garage.
I picked it up today.
There are reasons why people give things away.
The original reason it stopped working was probably electrical. The owner said, "I was mowing and hit a bump and the mower stopped...like right now." Sitting outside in the weather did not do it any good.
The original owner claims to not be "handy". I was hoping that he gilded the lily so he could convince his wife that he needed a new mower.
|The fuel tank is held in place with zip ties.|
New fuel line and filter. The fuel line looked to be original and was as stiff as a broom stick. Oh, and it was cracked.
Purged the float bowl. It was full of rust.
New battery. The cables on the old battery were loose. I wonder if that was the original problem.
With the new battery installed I can hear relays clicking but the starter is not kicking in. The next thing I should check is to see if the engine is frozen up. No point in pouring more money into this if the motor is trash. If I can roll the motor over by hand then I need to check the voltage at the starter and work backwards (or forward) from there.
Probably would not hurt to throw the charger on the new battery.