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Can I dilute 2-stroke gas and run it in my riding mower to get rid of it?

As long as you dilute it there should be no issues. Mixing a gallon or so with 5 gallons takes a 50:1 fuel-to-oil ratio to about 250:1. In other words, the engine will never notice it.
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Why does my Weedeater muffler glow red?

The reason the muffler is glowing red is because the exhaust temperature is off the chart. This (highly likely) means that the ignition timing is out, or the fuel mixture is too lean. One possibility ...
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Can I dilute 2-stroke gas and run it in my riding mower to get rid of it?

You should be able to run this straight through your lawnmower without issue. As long as you aren't running it through your car with a catalytic converter it should be just fine. The thing which 2-...
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Lawn tractor, difficulty starting in cold weather

This does not sound like an electrical problem to me. Let me break down the issue a bit and see if we can come to some conclusions. The engine starts fine with starter fluid. This tells me that it ...
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When/How to use reserve fuel tank in crafstman rider mower?

After having look at a page from an owners manual for one of these ride-on mowers, I would say that the reserve is just an outlet on the main fuel tank lower down in the tank than the main fuel ...
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Craftsman push mower won't start after hitting stump

With lawn mowers it's not uncommon to shear the flywheel key when hitting something with the blade. The crankshaft in a lawn mower sites vertically. At the bottom there is the blade. At the top ...
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Is my Honda push mower dead cause of too much oil

I'd drain the extra few ounces out and keep running it. Doubt you hurt anything permanently. You didn't say exactly which model you bought, but assuming it is the $399 HRR 21 there is no oil pump. ...
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Lawn mower safety cable issues

You could try unhooking the cable at the handle and then tie a loose knot in it. This may make the cable too short. In that case you could drill a hole in the safety handle bail a little further up. ...
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Hammock string/rope tangled with lawn mower blade

Take the blade off of the mower. There should be a single bolt in the center. Should allow you to get to the string easier and clear it from the blade and the shaft.
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When/How to use reserve fuel tank in crafstman rider mower?

It would be useful to have identifying information for your mower. Sears uses long strings of digits to provide specific model information. Barring that, it's certainly likely that your mower has what ...
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Honda push mower

Small Engine Tune-Up Spark Plug Change the spark plug. You should be able to see the model number printed on the plug, and/or stamped on the engine/Heads/Jugs and/or on a sticker. Most Home ...
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Overfilled my B&S 725ex self propelled lawmower

Pull the spark and make sure it's not wet with oil. If it is, clean it. Validate there's not oil in the cylinder. If there is, you can squirt carb cleaner into it and pull the string a few times ...
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Stuck valve in lawn tractor Briggs & Stratton OHV

It looks like the valve guide has move out of the head. It is as you have described a sleeve that the valve stem slides in. The valve guides are pressed into the head and should stay there. Other ...
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Binding mower motor

More than likely the compression release mechanism isn't working correctly (stuck in the running position). When the engine is moving slow, there's a little mechanism which allows opens a valve and ...
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Why Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start After Winter?

The most common cause is probably that the carburetor is clogged up with gunk. This doesn't allow fuel to flow into the engine and it won't run. The reason the gunk gets there is caused most readily ...
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Wavering sound on mower

Pull the carburetor and disassemble carefully, clean it and the main and idle jet passages with carb cleaner in a spray can. More than likely bowl sediment go knocked loose in the move and is now ...
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John Deere LX 266 lawn tractor engine dies

This sounds like a defective fuel cap. This is a problem with the LX288 / 277 the vent hole clogs and you get a vacuum lock situation. Replace that cap! Also, less likely is sticking valves, ...
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Why won't my Sears lawn tractor go?

I can see one of two things happening: The drive belt is worn out. The tensioner pulley which takes up the slack in the drive belt is not doing its job. If this is the case, the spring associated ...
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Lawn Mower Motor Troubleshooting - No Spark?

Yes, replace the spark plug - just make sure it has the correct gap before you fit it. And, at worst you end up with a used spare...
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Can an ignition coil melt-down?

If you can get spark from the wire, but not the plug, I'd suggest a bad plug (I'm sure you're already there). I'm thinking the coil may be getting hot due to your method of inciting the spark ... I'd ...
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Tecumseh Yard Machine (156cc) does not start and there's no combustion: Does this sound like an ignition coil issue?

Your assumptions could very well be wrong. They could be, but aren't necessarily the causes of your problems. As already mentioned, but i second it because it's important: Put new gas in there, ...
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Tecumseh Yard Machine (156cc) does not start and there's no combustion: Does this sound like an ignition coil issue?

Will it run using starting fluid? If so, follow the following. If not, check compression on the engine before anything else. Change the spark plug - always a good thing to do at the start of a season ...
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Briggs and Stratton yard machine mower

If the carb is getting too much fuel, there is one of three reasons, all of them related. The float isn't working. If the float longer floats, it will allow fuel to keep allowing fuel into the float ...
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Craftsman rider mower clutch stays depressed

According to the Operator's Manual, page 16, under "Parking Brake" release the brake by depressing the pedal and then move the speed control lever out of the "park" position, into ...
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Using SAE 10W-30 in both Vehicle and Lawnmower

SAE-30 is specified as the lawnmower is basically used in summer. So, using SAE10W-30 will be fine as it has the equivalent hot specification ie the "30" part.
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Lawn Mower Starts if I Tilt It Sideways

Two possible answers here. 1) Your system has a high mounted tank and fuel is gravity fed to a fuel bowl at bottom of carburetor. Its possible old fuel clogged a main jet and your tip over test ...
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Can't figure out mower deck parts after it broke?

It appears that the possibly missing part is mirrored on the deck. In the linked diagram, it shows 65 and 66, spring and hook as the match for the section near the 33 part you've referenced. Your ...
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White outdoor lawn tractor issue

I'd suggest your float is stuck and allowing unfettered fuel to access the engine without flooding it (somehow). An engine will have grey-ish smoke when there's way too much fuel. If it's just enough ...
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How long should I leave a 3 amp charger on my mower battery

If you take the figure stated on the battery (ie 10AH) and divide it by the 3 (3A of the charger) then that will give you a reasonable time in hours. But it does depend on how discharged the battery ...
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How is the battery on my riding mower charged?

The "alternator" is built into the flywheel - manufacturers tend to minimize components on smaller machines and separate alternators are used but tend to be on engines above a certain size as that ...
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