Walk-behind lawn mower articles

These walk-behind lawn mower articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you get the most from your mower. From troubleshooting why your lawn mower won't start to how to perform a tune-up or change a blade, we have the advice and tips to keep your mower performing at its best. For more DIY advice, check out our lawn mower repair help section for troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step repair instructions.

Gas Walk-Behind Mowers

Articles and videos common to all gas walk-behind mowers

January 3, 2022
PHOTO: Pull off the air filter base.

Learn how to fix your lawn mower when its engine surges

December 29, 2021
Using starting fluid to start a lawn mower

Learn how to safely use starter fluid on a lawn mower

August 6, 2020
How to use a lawn mower blade removal tool.

Learn how a blade removal tool makes replacing the blade easier and safer

October 1, 2019
From standard to specialty blades, there are many options when it comes to blades for your walk-behind lawn mower.

Learn about the different kinds of mower blades and how to maintain them.

May 31, 2019
How to tune up a walk-behind lawn mower.

See how to tune up your mower once a year to keep it running well.

October 18, 2018
How to sharpen a mower blade

A dull blade leaves grass tips tattered. Sharpen it several times a season. Here's how.

September 1, 2016
Lawn mower won't start troubleshooting video: spark plug and ignition problems video.

Find out how to test and fix problems with the spark plug, stop wire, ignition coil and flywheel.

September 1, 2016
Lawn mower won't move troubleshooting video: motion drive failure.

Find out whether a broken or disconnected drive cable is the reason why your lawn mower won't move.

September 1, 2016
Lawn mower won't start troubleshooting video: fuel, ignition and compression problems video.

Check whether a clogged air filter, bad spark plug or contaminated gas is why your lawn mower won’t start.

September 1, 2016
Can't pull starter rope.

A blade obstruction, bad recoil starter or locked-up engine can prevent the pull cord on your mower from working. See how to fix the problem.

June 1, 2016
How to mow a lawn for healthier grass.

How often and tall you mow your lawn has a big impact on its health. Check out these 3 rules.

March 1, 2016
How to change a lawn mower wheel video.

It's easy to install a replacement wheel on your walk-behind lawn mower if the wheel is damaged. Just follow the steps in this video.

February 1, 2016
Six weeks to a better lawn.

Do these 5 things this spring for a lawn that's healthier all summer.

March 1, 2015
Easy DIY lawn mower repairs.

Learn what lawn mower repairs you can do easily by yourself.

January 1, 2015
Walk-behind lawn mower common questions.

Learn more about your lawn mower from the answers to these often-asked questions about walk-behind lawn mowers.

Symptoms for gas walk-behind mowers

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Main causes: uneven wheel height settings, damaged wheel, dull or damaged cutting blade
Main causes: damaged cutting blade, loose cutting blade, damaged flywheel key, engine needs tune up
Main causes: dirty carburetor, bad spark plug, clogged air filter, engine choke problems, clogged gas cap vent
Main causes: engine needs tune up, dirty or clogged carburetor, damaged flywheel key
Main causes: drive control cable failure, worn or broken drive belt, bad transmission, broken drive wheel
Main causes: stale gas, engine needs tune up, bad spark plug, dead battery, bad recoil starter, faulty safety switch, bad ignition coil

Repair guides for gas walk-behind mowers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your walk-behind lawn mower.

March 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a lawn mower blade

Check your lawn mower blade regularly and replaced it if it's bent or damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a lawn mower ignition coil on an OHV engine

Replace the ignition coil if it isn't sending electric current to the spark plug when you pull the recoil starter rope.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a lawn mower flywheel key on a flathead engine

When you hit a hard object with your mower, the flywheel can shear to protect more expensive components. Learn how to replace this tiny but essential part.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less