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Black Smoke coming out of my Lawn Mower

Summer is almost here and just like me, you have probably started
mowing and fertilizing your lawn. Unfortunately, my lawn mower is on
it's last leg and I was barely able to trim the front and back yard
before it started sputtering black smoke yesterday. Bits of smoke
erupts from the exhaust return each time it sputters. To add to that,
last week, the pull string snapped from old age so I had to improvise
in repairing the string in order to get it to start. I've had this
gasoline push lawn mower from my parents for almost 5 years now and
they may have had had for 2-3 years before that. Take away is that it
is old.

It's a 11A-410A552 MTD Yard Machine lawn mower and has been stellar. I
believe the unit just needs a new spark plug and is the cause of all
the sputtering so I'll have to head out to CanadianTire before the
grass takes over my yard. Do you agree that the spark plug just needs
replacing?

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