Model #ST-S96 PANASONIC Receivers

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Q:

St. Augustine grass height

A:

Thank you for your question.

I can understand not wanting to damage you St.Augustine grass.

The first responders have given you some good web-sites.

Depending on the variety of your St.Augustine grass as to how hi you should cut it.

The University of Florida extension office has a lot of information on your question.

Florida St. Augustine grass .

I hope this will help.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 15, 2011
Q:

Mower turns over but won't st gas flowart

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I the details of your question you did not state if the tractor turns over but does not start or the tractor does not turn over at all. I am going to assume the engine turns over but does not start. First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and turn the key to the start position. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look carefully as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced. The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plughole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine. That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and turn the key to start. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. Some carburetors have a solenoid to stop the fuel supply when the key is off and a malfunction there could also be the problem. I hope this is helpful.

If you need further assistance, please reply with more details.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2012
Q:

more questions on my homelite st 285 weedeater.

A:

Thank you for your question. 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the trimmer. If the fuel mixture in the trimmer is older than 5 weeks old, it should be drained. Then refill with fresh fuel mix. If this does not help I suspect there is a problem with the fuel system. I recommend checking in the fuel tank first. When you look in the tank, you should see a fuel line with a white filter attached to the end. Then inspect the fuel line. If it is hard and brittle, it has to be replaced. Here is a video that shows how to replace the fuel line. The larger fuel line is 3/16 inch OD by 3/32 inch ID. The smaller fuel line is 9/64 (.140) OD by 5/64 (.080) inch ID.If the fuel line is fine, I suspect the carburetor is to blame. The carburetor will have to be cleaned or replaced. Here is a video that show how to clean the carburetor. Before you remove the carburetor, make sure to note the fuel line and cable connections. This will save a lot of frustration later. The parts for the trimmer can be ordered from the following link. Parts for Craftsman trimmer.

  If this does not cure the problem I recommend removing the muffler. Then check the operation. If the engine runs fine, you need to clean the screen in the muffler.   I hope this helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.   If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears  technician.  Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:  Sears Home Services.  Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 07, 2013