Blowing out black smoke?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by spitfire3416, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    My wright stander for the past week or so has been acting up. When I choke it and start it up with the throttle down low it barely sounds like it wants to run. It'll putter for a few seconds and then shuts off if I push the throttle up to fast. It took a little cranking to get it started back up again today and when it did it blew out a bunch of black smoke. Any ideas on what could be the problem? Thanks
  2. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,334

    Check your sparkplugs and clean your air filter...
    A simple tuneup won't hurt it a bit...
  3. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Bent push rod. My John Deere did the same thing and it was a bent push rod
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Black smoke is improper combustion.

    Like the man said, replace spark plugs (gap .030) and air filter.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,372

    Be sure the starter is disengaging that causes funny sounds and crazy starting. I thought the engine was breaking up.

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