Self-propelled lawn mowers allow for people with larger lawns
to finish much earlier than they would with a standard push mower.
Sometimes, lawn mowers break down, requiring maintenance to get them up
and running. With some time, you can repair a self-propelled lawn mower
at home, saving hundreds of dollars on technician costs.
Things You Will Need
Replacement casing (if needed)
Replacement gears (if needed)
Replacement cables (if needed)
Turn off the lawn mower. Whenever doing any repairs, the mower must be
Locate the self propelled motor. If it is a front propelled, it is
between the front wheels. For a rear propelled motor, it is between the
Look at the casing of the self propelled mower. Look for any cracks or
anything stuck on the casing. If there is debris clogging the motor,
unclog it. Replace the casing
by popping it off with a flat screwdriver. It will pop back into place
the same way.
Pop off the casing of the propelled motor. Look for anything clogging
the notches in between each gear. It might be a small rock that was
sucked up through the blades or small pieces of leaves. Unclog the gears
as best as possible. Use a flat screwdriver to help remove the debris.
Inspect gears for any cracks. Replace the gear by
removing them from their notches with a small screwdriver. The new one
can be put in the same way.
Look over the self propelled cables on the handle that run to the motor.
Make sure that they are connected properly. If there is anything loose,
tighten them with a screwdriver. All it takes to disconnect and connect the wires is a
Be sure to always read the owner's manual before any repairs.
Tips & Warnings
Be careful with the mower as the blades and metal frame can be