When your lawn mower, garden tiller or hedge trimmer won’t start, you would naturally perform basic troubleshooting. After checking the gas, oil and blades, you might not have to call the repairman yet. Here are some small engine repair procedures that you can do.
Spark Plug Replacement
One of the easiest small engine repair tasks on this list, replacing the spark plug usually does the trick. Being the onset for combustion, it receives the most power in the shortest amount of time. This is why it easily gets charred, oily, or busted. When it comes to spark plug substitutions, it’s always a good idea to go for more expensive plugs of better quality than the cheap kinds that need constant replacing.
After a long time in the shed, the carburetor can get gummed up. There’s also the chance that some parts might have also corroded if proper maintenance was not performed. If you’re willing to give this small engine repair procedure a try, download its manual complete with carburetor parts assembly and helpful illustrations. If you can’t find one, have a camera handy and take pictures as you disassemble. Soak the parts in carburetor cleaner for an hour and then reassemble.
Spare Belts and Valves
Both belts and valves experience wear and tear and naturally come up in small engine repairs. Instead of paying to get the task done, find out the usual lifespan of these parts and make its replacement part of your maintenance checklist. With a manual and the right tools, you can easily buy the right spare parts and perform the substitution as needed. Think about the time you saved by not waiting in your mechanic’s repair queue.
Alternator or Battery Repair
Knowing how to troubleshoot your battery and alternator is not only economical, but also practical. Believe it or not, most battery problems are caused by loose connections. A simple adjustment here and a simple tap there could save you a lot of time and money.
If you know a lot about maintaining and tinkering with your outdoor machines, you can probably do some small engine repairs by yourself. Aside from saving yourself from the additional labor costs, it’s also a good way to get to know your machine for all its little quirks. Not only will you be able to prevent the things that could make the machine go awry, you would also get a better idea of the cost of parts involved in small engine repairs.