Poulan Mower Won't Start?

My Poulan Pro mower won't start. The solenoid and starter are fine. The fly wheel turns a couple times, but won't start. I took the plug out to check for the spark and the fly wheel turns fine. I'm lost at what to do. Maybe it's the coil or carb? Anyone have any ideas? Thank you.


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October 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Here are a few things you can check:

  1. Look under your seat to see if there is a safety switch. Many times this is off and needs to be reset. Plus on these types of mowers you need to be sitting on the seat to start them.
  2. Did you happen to leave gas in the mower the last time you used it? If so, you more than likely have a sludge buildup in the gas tank.
  3. This sludge buildup will also be found in your carburetor.
  4. You will need to clean the gas tank and the carburetor to remove the sludge build up inside of them.
  5. Pull your spark plug and see if it's dirty.

    If it is then you'll need to replace this.
  6. Check your battery to make sure it's fully charged.
  7. You can try and bypass the spark plug and coil to see if you can jump start the motor.
  8. I would also suggest if none of these work for you and you're still having problems starting your mower you can watch a few YouTube videos to get a better idea or how to follow the instruction I've given you.
October 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thank You for Your imput .I will Give these ideas a try .


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October 22, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a step by step video on how to fix your

October 29, 20170 found this helpful

1. Clock for spark at the electrode end of plug.
2. Ck fuel. You do this by draining the gas tank. Fill with new/clean fuel.
3. Clean cylinder with spray for scum buildup.


4. Put it all back together, follow manufacturers start direction.
5.did not work? Try the repair shop


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