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Common Small Engine Problems

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, January 28, 2012

There hasn’t been any snow to blow, so you have been really feeling the need to use a piece of yard equipment. Maybe you grabbed the leaf blower to get rid of those last few leaves from fall. The blower won’t start.

Here are three of the most common small engine problems and their possible causes.

Engine will not start or is hard to start.
Possible causes:

  1. Fuel tank is empty or shutoff valve is closed.
  2. Fuel line is clogged.
  3. Water in the fuel.
  4. Carburetor choked too much.
  5. Carburetor is not adjusted right or needs service.
  6. Ignition system or wiring has a problem
  7. Ignition switch is off.
  8. Cutoff switch is open.
  9. Spark plug is damaged.
  10. Poor Engine compression.
Engine idles roughly, unevenly.
Possible causes:
  1. Dirty Carburetor.
  2. Air leak in carburetor or intake manifold.
  3. Carburetor is adjusted wrong.
Engine starts but dies after a few seconds.
Possible causes:
  1. Fuel tank is empty or shutoff valve is closed,
  2. Fuel line is clogged.
  3. Carburetor is choked too much.
  4. Carburetor not adjusted right.
If you are having any of these problems, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

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