Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

smoking murray


dmitchelljr's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 72
GA

03-09-03, 12:23 PM   #1  
smoking murray

When I first start up my Murray riding mower, smoke comes out of the muffler. It is quite a bit that comes out, and it usually lasts several seconds, then it stops. Is there anything I could do to stop this from happening?

Thanks,
Dean

 
Sponsored Links
Fisher's Avatar
Visiting Guest

Posts: n/a

03-09-03, 04:30 PM   #2  
Fisher
Just a guess, but it is a twin cylinder with the fuel tank under
the seat? If not, post the engine's model numbers.
Fish

 
Joe_F's Avatar
Visiting Guest

Posts: n/a

03-09-03, 07:29 PM   #3  
Joe_F
The color/odor of the smoke would be a colossal start, as well as engine specfics.

Could be anything from a wasted engine (blue smoke) to a bad carburetor (black smoke).

 
cheese's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator

Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 16,566
GA

03-10-03, 09:43 PM   #4  
Hello Dean!

Check your oil. Is it too full? Is it really thin and smells like gas? Both of these things will cause smoking. Check your air filter to see if it is oily. Thin gassy oil is an indication of carburetor problems.

Has it just begun smoking like this, or has it been doing it for quite some time, gradually getting worse?

Blue smoke doesn't necessarily mean the engine is wasted, so don't panic yet, lol. Let us know what you find.


"Who is John Galt?" - Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)

God bless!

 
dmitchelljr's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 72
GA

03-17-03, 02:47 PM   #5  
The mower just started smoking the other day when I cranked it. The smoke is white and it comes out quite fast from the muffler.It will create a cloud of white smoke when you first start it up. After about 20 seconds or so, it will stop smoking.After it has sit for a while, like overnight, and you first crank it, that is when the most smoke will come out of the muffler. After you let it run for a little while, shut it off, crank it again, then less smoke comes out of the muffler. I used this mower a few times last year, and it did not smoke like this. I am trying to sell this mower, and put the money towards a new one. I am afraid that the smoke may scare people off, and they may not want to buy it. The mower is a 1990 Murray 12HP, 38 inch cut. The oil seemed a little full, but not much over. The air filter was a little dirty, but not too bad.

 
cheese's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator

Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 16,566
GA

03-17-03, 06:47 PM   #6  
Is the oil thin/smell like gas? If so, you'll need to replace the float needle and change the oil. less than $10.00 and might take 30 minutes.


"Who is John Galt?" - Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)

God bless!

 
dmitchelljr's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 72
GA

03-18-03, 07:16 PM   #7  
Hey,
A guy called me up on the phone today. He had seen the ad I put in the paper . He came over and mowed a little strip and offered me $175 for the mower. I was hoping for $200; so I asked him if he would consider giving $185, and he said yes. Not bad for a 13 year old Murray. I am going to purchase a 17 HP, 42 inch cut Murray. Thanks for the replies.

Dean

 
Search this Thread