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post #1 of 6 Old 09-21-2006, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question "Oily" John Deere LX266 problem


I'm hoping this is a "common" problem and one that is easily fixed. My teenage son, in his infinite wisdom, put about 1/2 gallon of 2-cycle gas/oil mix into my John Deere LX266 lawn tractor about 3 weeks ago. Of course he didn't find it necessary to let me know that. When I now try to start it, it only turns over but doesn't start. Do I need to drain the entire tank now? Can I put in an octane booster to help it fire? Do I need to change out the spark plug and fuel filter? What do I do? Any suggestions would be greatl appreciated!

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I would think that just spraying a little fresh gas in the carb and deluting what's in the tank with reg. gas would get you started, but I've never had this problem, so I'm not sure. I hope you have educated your son on the difference between 2 cycle mix and regular gas and which gets used where. It's a lot more damage to run straight gas in the expensive chain saw.

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It not going to hurt anything or clog the fuild filter.
Add something gas to it and use some started fuild to get the engine to start. Once it starts running it usually won't quit, use most of the fuel up.

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Re: "Oily" John Deere problem


to what Joe said.
Also, the plug may have fouled from the gas being a little "rich" w/ the gas/oil mixture. At least pull it to see what it looks like. Filter should be OK unless the mix he put in was dirty.
Look at this way, if you can get it started, although it's a little late in the season, you could be the neighborhood mosquito control officer until you run out and replace it with regular gas.

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Re: "Oily" John Deere problem

RobbyR---i agree with the others--you've just got a really"over-rich" mixtur like---put in good, fresh gas, and run her....You may have to pull the spark plug and clean her with a little emery-cloth, but that's ok.

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RobbyR !!

I agree with the others...check the plug...add more gas...run it out...

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