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How to Clean a Lawn Mower Engine Fuel Line

Updated February 21, 2017

When your lawnmower engine isn't starting or it stops running once you get it started, this often points to a clogged fuel line. A fuel line on a lawnmower connects to the base of the gas tank and runs to the side of the carburettor. If this line has debris or gummed-up gas in it your mower engine won't run. Cleaning the fuel line once a season is a good idea to prevent engine damage from dirty gas.

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  1. Put on your goggles.

  2. Pull the spark plug cap off the spark plug. This is a safety precaution when you are working on a mower engine in case the engine would start accidentally while you are working on it. Push the spark plug cap back onto the spark plug once you are finished working on the mower.

  3. Look at the gas cap to see if there is a pin hole in the centre of it. Unscrew the gas cap. Look under the cap to ensure the pin hole is clear of obstructions and wipe away any debris. The pin hole allows air to flow into the tank and prevents vapour lock in the fuel system. All lawnmower gas caps have this air pin hole, so buy a new gas cap that has the pin hole if the current one doesn't.

  4. Squeeze the clamp holding the fuel line to the base of the gas tank with the pliers. Slide the clamp down the fuel line several inches. Repeat this on the other end of the fuel line attached to the carburettor.

  5. Pull the fuel line off the side of the carburettor and the base of the gas tank. Position the bucket under the gas tank to capture any gas.

  6. Unscrew the clamps holding the fuel filter to the centre of the fuel line with a screwdriver. Remove the fuel filter from the centre of the fuel line hoses.

  7. Spray WD-40 into the fuel line hoses that were attached to each side of the fuel filter. Spray the canned air into each fuel line hose to blow out any debris or gummy gas.

  8. Place the new fuel filter in between the old fuel line hoses you cleaned and clamp the fuel filter back into place in the middle of the fuel line hoses.

  9. Pull the screen out of the base of your gas tank outlet. Spray it with WD-40 to remove any debris or gummy gas. Push it back into place.

  10. Slide one end of the fuel line onto the base of the gas tank and one onto the side of the carburettor. Squeeze and slide the clamps onto the end of the fuel line to hold it in place.

  11. Fill the gas tank with gas.

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Things You'll Need

  • Goggles
  • Bucket
  • Pliers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Fuel filter
  • WD-40
  • Canned air

About the Author

Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.

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