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Basic Small Engine Troubleshooting and Maintenance Steps

  • Check the fuel level: Make sure there is enough fuel in the tank. If the fuel level is low, add fresh fuel and try to start the engine again.
  • Check the oil level: Make sure there is enough oil in the engine. If the oil level is low, add fresh oil.
  • Check the air filter: A dirty or clogged air filter can prevent air from reaching the engine. Clean or replace the air filter as needed.
  • Check the spark plug: Remove the spark plug and check its condition. If it is dirty or worn out, clean or replace it.
  • Check the ignition system: Check the ignition system for any loose connections or damaged wires. Replace or repair any damaged parts.
  • Check the fuel lines: Look for any clogs or leaks in the fuel lines. Replace any damaged or worn out fuel lines.
  • Clean the carburetor: A dirty or clogged carburetor can prevent the engine from starting or running optimally.
  • Check the compression: Low compression can indicate a problem with the engine’s valves or piston rings. A professional may need to be consulted for this issue.

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