How to Adjust the Throttle of Your Self-Propelled Lawn Mower How to Adjust the Throttle of Your Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

What You'll Need
Manufacturers instructions
Safety glasses

Your self-propelled lawn mower is something that you may need to adjust the throttle from time to time to get maximum performance from it. This is something that you will be able to do easily as long as you know the proper safety precautions and steps to take. Remember, you should only work on your lawnmower if you are willing to do what it takes to stay completely safe and follow directions carefully. Lawnmower repair or troubleshooting is something that can be very dangerous if one does not follow directions carefully in order to get the job done.

Step 1 – Throttle Cable

The throttle cable that is used on your self-propelled lawn mower is basically what is in charge of the choke on certain models of lawn mower and works as the primer on other models. Basically, the speed of the engine is controlled by the throttle. It may sometimes need to be adjusted so that you can get more power and speed out of your lawn mower. In order to adjust it, the throttle itself will need to be loosened and then opened all of the way. This is something that can be easily done.

Step 2 – Adjustments

Whenever you are making the adjustments to the throttle that works the actual choke, you will need to get your wrench out so that you can properly loosen the throttle. Allow to open up all of the way. Once it has had the chance to open up completely, push the throttle until the choke is completely closed up all of the way. However, if you wish to adjust the speed only with your throttle, then you will do something slightly different. You will still open up the throttle all of the way. You will then check to make sure that the engine speed is opened up all of the way. Whenever it has been completely opened up, you will need to tighten the cable up back onto your engine. It is a good idea to have a kill switch on the throttle cable. The kill switch will need to work whenever the speed of the throttle cable has been lowered all of the way. If it does not do this, then you will need to adjust it again.

Step 3 – Safety

You should make sure that you are practicing safety whenever you are working on your mower. The first thing that you should always do whenever you are working on your mower for any reason is to disconnect the spark plug wire. Once it has been disconnected, it will then need to be grounded. Remember to always read the manufacturer’s instructions before you begin to make sure that you know exactly how your mower works. Your mower will need to cool off at least 10 minutes before you begin any work on it. It is a good idea to wear proper eye protection whenever you are working on your mower, especially whenever you are doing engine work.


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