Pull up a chair kids. It’s Story Time.
You may recall that I’ve been struggling with my riding and push mowers. Similar symptoms on both mowers.
(Here’s a 5-minute ‘Tok of my woes with the push mower).
A TikTok comment mentioned possible water in the fuel.
This reminded me of an episode on the USS MARVIN SHIELDS where the enginemen allowed mop water to enter the diesel tanks which prevented the emergency diesel engine from starting when needed one day.
The adventure begins!
This morning I intended to check for water in my fuel. No water. Some YouTube vids suggested cleaning the carburetor.
“My, that’s a lovely rabbit hole,” I said to myself.
I took a lovely topless drive in the Miata to the auto parts store and purchased some carburetor cleaner.
“This should be a snap,” I said to myself. The ghost of Richard Petty laughed.
One hour later, I had determined that fuel was not getting into the carburetor. That white inlet appeared to be the culprit.
Time check: 1:30 PM.
Finally, I put everything back together and pulled the cord. It started!
Realization and Reassessment
Like a modern Prometheus, I prepared to video record my success. I pictured myself a Prometheus like Victor Von Frankenstein. Little did I realize I was more like the X-Files version.
I had failed to notice the constant drip-drip-drip of fuel accumulating on the mower deck. What had I done? What creation had loosed?
The ever-ready Leslie helped me clean up my mess. Her ready smile serving as a replacement for the “I told you” she was surely suppressing. Kinda like this:
Back to YouTube.
Yes! A fellow denizen of the doleful web had suffered the same fate. His tale led me to Amazon. There, I discovered that I could replace my problematic carburetor for less than $13.
Order placed, I washed the smell of gasoline of my magnificent frame, determined to salvage a portion of my day.
Time check: 3 PM
Follow up and Recovery
I visited my tobacconist and retrieved this wonderful cigar (recommended by the beautiful and talented @GallFAM4 ).
Along with a splash of bourbon, it is indeed soothing this savage beast.
The great Scottish poet Robert Burns said it best: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
I will be back soon, to install the new carbeuretor. With some luck, the new one will work as intended.