I had done lots of bad things to my lawnmower. I had shredded five trees with it. I expected it will breaks down at any moment.
One day, while doing
lawn mowing, I used it to shred some waste vegetation. The machine stalled and
was unable to start again. I could make it run a few cycles, but it will stall
So I cleaned
the spark plug. I found the spark plug was covered with black soot. Black
soot had proven there was incomplete combustion. It could be caused by
insufficient air. Or it could be caused by worn out ring in the cylinder, or bad
valves. I afraid it could be the second reason because of my bad treatment on
Next morning, I wanted
to give it a last chance for a simple repair before I shop for a new one. I
disassembled the top cover. The first thing I saw was a rectangular metal box
with only a single screw to hold it. On removing the box, I have seen some foam
in it. The bottom of the box seemed solid with no holes in it. It was covered
with dirt. I wondered what it was and left it aside.
On further inspection, I found lots of grass and leaves caught between the gaps of the machine. Some of this vegetation had already decomposed to good soil. The butterfly valve lever was blocked by compost. I believe it could be the reason that I had no control of speed.
After clean up job. I re-assemble the machine. I did not work on the valves or cylinder because I felt that if it is the trouble, I should abandon the machine. I wondered where the air entrance is. On picking up that rectangular box, I intended to put it back into the machine without cleaning it. I changed my mind later and used a stripper to remove the greasy dirt on the bottom of the box. On removing the dirt, I discovered there are big holes below that box. The foam exposed. It proven that rectangular box is an air filter. The reason that I had thick soot on the spark plug was because of the air filter was clogged, caused incomplete combustion.
I happily cleaned the air filter and re-assembled the lawn mower. On first test run, it had same trouble as before. I removed and cleaned the spark plug again. The machine runs smooth with great power.
Our human life is
similar to my lawn mower. We have done lots of bad things that we shouldn’t do
to it. We thought we are hopeless and wanted to abandon ourselves. Don’t you
know there is still hope? A little tune up could give us a new life; a very new
life with great power that we could not imagine. Who is that great mechanic?