How to Repair a Snapper Riding Mower


If your Snapper riding mower is running poorly, is difficult to start, or seems to be running at less than full power, there are a few simple tasks you can do to locate and fix the problem. Snapper is a very user-friendly machine, so you don't have to be a mechanic to do many of the repairs. The user manual is a valuable source of information, with an exhaustive troubleshooting section. Some tools are required, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Things You'll Need

  • Small wire brush
  • Deep drive sockets and ratchet
  • Air compressor
  • Pliers
  • Locate the battery, which is usually under the seat or under the hood. Clean both the positive and negative terminal by using a mixture of baking soda and water. Scrub the corrosion away with a small wire brush. Be certain the connections are secure.

  • Remove the spark plugs by using the proper sized deep drive socket. If the spark plugs are fouled (covered with thick, sticky oil), replace them with new ones.

  • Remove the air filter cover and clean the pre-filter by washing it in soapy water. Dry it and rub a small amount of clean oil into it.

  • Clean the air filter with an air compressor. Blow all the debris out of the folds. If the filter is old and excessively dirty, replace it with a new one.

  • Remove the gas filter by pinching the clamp together with pliers and pulling the gas line off. Do this on both ends of the filter. Put a new filter in, making certain it faces the correct direction.

  • Remove any old gas, and replace it with fresh gas.

  • Examine all fuses, and be certain they are all intact. If not, replace the blown fuses.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never work on the mower when the engine is hot.

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