Mower been sitting, how do I get it running again

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by greengrass2003, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. greengrass2003

    greengrass2003 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 19

    I have a 1998 Shortcut 1500, with the Kawasaki 17hp. It has been sitting for about 2 years, Due to health reasons. I want to get it going again, but before I attempt to fire it up what all needs to be doneto it and how do I do it? I bought the mower used and I recieved no documentation with it. Any help would be apprieciated.


    Robert ONeal
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    You will need to drain all fuel from the fuel tank, drain the fuel from all fuel lines and replace the fuel filter.
    I would then remove the carburetor and clean out all old fuel.
    The carb work can be a little tricky (cleaning out jets, needles, etc...) , if you are not comfortable doing it, I would take it to any Kawasaki dealer and let them take care of it for you.
    You would also need to turn over the engine to get the fuel out of the fuel pump also, and possibly have to rebuild it also, due to it having the old fuel in it.

    Later
    Pj
     
  3. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    Check the oil, spray some starting fluid in the carb, and fire that mother up!
    Crawdad
    Hey, keep in mind, the other guy is a Excel Hustler Representative, he knows his stuff, and I'm just a guy called Crawdad. I'm just saying what I would do. The carb is probably full of mung. (tech term).
     
  4. greengrass2003

    greengrass2003 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 19

    ouch, The engine rebuild isnt what I was hoping to hear. What about hydraulic fluid? Should that still be good?

    Thanks

    Robert ONeal
     
  5. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    I did not say "engine rebuild".....
    Possible carb rebuild at most.
    You may just be able to drain the fuel out and be fine.......

    As far as hydraulic fluid goes and engine oil for that matter, I would change both.
    Be sure to add Lubrizol additive to the hydraulic oil, this product is available at any Hustler dealer.
    The hydro oil is 10W40, and any brand will work.
    As for engine oil goes, it should be either 10W30 or SAE30W, depending on your temperatures in your area.

    Later
    Pj
     
  6. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 194

    I would check the oil, drop the tank of fuel and see if she will start. I have an old National mower with a Kawasaki engine on it and it started after three years with no carb problems. If she wont start then check the other stuff.
     
  7. greengrass2003

    greengrass2003 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 19

    Is there a way to drain the gas or do I have to siphon it out? also, I seem to have misplaced the key. Can i order a new one or can a locksmith just make me a new one?

    Thanks Guys
     
  8. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    If you remove the side panels on your unit, you will find where the fuel line comes out of the tank, you can remove it there and drain your fuel.
    As far as the key goes, it is a universal Indak key.
    99.9% of mowers use this same key, go to any mower shop and buy yourself a couple.

    Hope this helps
    Pj
     
  9. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    A small flathead screw driver will start it also.
     
  10. greengrass2003

    greengrass2003 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 19

    Fantastic, I wish my dealer was half as helpful as you guys are!!!!


    thanks,

    Robert ONeal
     

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