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Turf tracer did a strange thing today?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I was on my third yard this morning and I went to fire up the turf tracer HP, and it started but I have never heard a mower sound like this did, The best way I can describe it is to say it sounded like it was only half on? So I shut it off quick,waited a few seconds and tryed again, it sounded the same way but after a few seconds the other "half" kicked in and it ran like normal the rest of the day. What was this? This is the mowers 4th season and I am hoping it lasts for another couple weeks until I can get another mower. It does get a ton of use. Anyone else have this happen?
  2. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    Posible failing coil. Had that happen once. Ran like you described.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Uhm, throat congestion, once it coughed that up it was gtg.

    I mean...
    I would monitor it for the next few days, now I'm sorry already if it keeps doing it
    but right now no sense in worrying about it too much, it might not do it ever again
    or only once in a moon, too.

    As I like to say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  4. Fox Lawn & Garden

    Fox Lawn & Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Maybe only running on one cylinder?
    bad plug....needle value leak causing flooding....coil...plug wire......etc?
    I've had engines do that in the past.
    If it ain't a serious problem, it may be best to just ignore it.

    have a safe and prosperous season....
  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    My buddy had the same problem with a naviagtor he sold. It was only running on one cylinder. It would run on two after it warmed up. He tried putting new plugs in but that did not help. He ended up replacing the coil.

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