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How to Start a Murray Lawnmower

Starting a Murray lawnmower is like starting almost any other brand of mower. There are a few things that you will need to inspect prior to starting the Murray lawnmower. If you are starting the mower for the first time in the season, realize that it will take several attempts. The fuel will need to make its way from the fuel tank to the engine. if there is fuel left over from last mowing season in the tank, drain it and use fresh fuel.

Push Mower

Check the oil level before starting the engine. Running the engine with an inadequate oil level will cause internal damage to the engine. Twist the oil fill cap and pull it out of the oil fill neck. Wipe the dipstick that connects to the bottom of the cap with a clean cloth.

Insert the dipstick and cap into the oil fill neck. On some models, to check the oil level, you do not thread the cap all the way; on other models, you must. Refer to your owner's engine manual. Pull the dipstick out of the filler neck and check the oil level. Add oil if necessary and place the dipstick and cap back inside the filler neck. Twist the cap clockwise to secure the cap.

Fill the fuel tank with regular unleaded gasoline. Find the primer button on the side of the engine near the carburetor. Push the primer button three times, allowing about two seconds between each push.

Go behind the Murray mower. Grab the throttle lever on the handle with one hand and the handgrip of the recoil rope with your other hand.

Press the throttle lever toward the handle and pull the recoil rope with a swift jerk. You may have to pull on the recoil rope three times for the Murray push mower engine to start.

Riding Mower

Open the hood of the mower and check the oil level before starting the mower. Close the hood and check the tires. Ensure that all four tires are properly inflated. Fill the mower with gasoline.

Sit on the seat and press the clutch/brake pedal all the way forward with your foot. Position the shift lever into the neutral position.

Move the throttle lever to the “fast” position. There is usually a picture of a rabbit near the fast setting.

Turn the key in the ignition to start the Murray riding mower. When the engine starts, lower the throttle to the slow position. Allow the engine to idle for two to four minutes before starting to mow.


It is a good idea to tune your Murray lawnmower at the start of the mowing season.

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