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Small Engine Repair Thread

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    Rather than posting different threads on the various topics related to small engine problems and repair I think it may be better to have one continuous thread where any one interested can come and peruse the different posts rather than having to look all over the forum.

    Hopefully this will be of help to some people interested in doing their own repairs.

    If anyone has anything they want to add............the more the merrier.
     
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    oh I guess my big tractor motors are not admissible here....Good thing I am on yesterdays tractors.....which reminds me....
     
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    I ran saws for five years hard. I found it was cheaper to buy a new one than to repair an old one that had wore out.
     
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    @searcher Alot of guys here are knowledgeable but when I, myself want to know a specific about a tractor it is usually a duuuusie. this is because I usually have the tech manual and what I am looking for is just not in it. Case in point: The negative ground on a JD 720 which is supposed to be positive. Then there is the firing order of the pony motor which is distributed through what some call a magneto but really isn't as there are no magnates involved. Now The guy who owns it say it used to run and he even told me he got the pony to run, but I never could.

    I actually had to get away from this 720 to save my sanity...but there it waits ready to test what remains....
     
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    Unfortunately every year the quality of things you buy new is lower than a year before. There comes a time when it's economically feasible to repair the better older equipment than to buy a new chinese one.
     
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    I'll agree with your statement near 100% but unless you have the equipment to hone out a chainsaw engine to take a bigger piston it wasn't worth it in the '86-'91 era when I was running them. We rebuilt a few with new pistons, rings and goodies to save 1/2 the price of a new one and found they ran a 1/4 as long. Much depends upon ones ability and availability of equipment to do these jobs. I run old sprayers/trucks/farm equipmment cause i like old better than new but small engines have little room for error.
     
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    All true. Also it has been found that the way we were honing cylinders for the last few decades, then wiping out with solvent soaked rags, is not good enough. They need to be washed thoroughly with soap and water to remove tiny abrasive particles from the honing process. I must have screwed up a bunch of overhauls in my time by not doing that.
     
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    Ever try Brake Clean and air?
     
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    LOL, it seems I'm not alone in the world then. We need a thread about mechanical screw ups we've done.
     
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    Feel free to post em here..........................
     
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    Tried a lot of things over the years, but since the abrasives are microscopic, I can't tell you which worked better.
    What I can tell you is that many manufacturers have in the last few years stated in their manuals that you must wash the cylinders with soap and water, so there must be some connection between the abrasives and the fact that most overhauls did not last as long as new. Of course there are dozens of other variables, too.
     
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    Making Battery Cables

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    How to make crimped, soldered and waterproofed battery terminal connections without expensive equipment.

    Alright, today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how to make battery cables for your boat, car, truck, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, lawn mower, generator or hovercraft (or solar collector).

    I find a lot of people are prepared to blame their battery when their machines won’t start but often it’s just another symptom of a much bigger problem. If you see mismatched cables, broken and / or corroded connections, temporary terminal clamps used permanently, wrong size terminal connections or wire cut down to fit. Yeah, it’s time to make new cables.
     
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    Replacing Harbor Freight Generator Head Gasket With Homemade One

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    My little Harbor Freight 800 watt generator blew a head gasket. A head bolt came loose and burnt through the head gasket. The engine was running poorly. I finally decided to make my own head gasket and get my generator running well again.

    I got a huge flat sheet of head gasket material at NAPA Auto for only about $14 a while back for this job. I finally got around to fixing my little generator.

    It is a very simple task which only took me about an hour or so. I pulled off the spark plug wire first. Next I took off the two screws holding on the plastic shroud.

    Then it was a simple four bolts to remove the generator engine head.

    The head gasket was clearly burnt through and the cylinder and head both had some crud built up on them where the gases had been blowing through. I am surprised this tiny little 2 cycle engine was still running at all.

    I traced out the original head gasket onto the flat gasket material with a pen.

    Then I cut it with some heavy duty scissors around the outside. I did not have to be perfect. Square works fine for this job.

    The hard part was cutting out the metal and rubberized head gasket material. I ended up using a drill to put holes all the way around the inside of the head gasket where I needed to cut out the center.

    Then I used a carpet knife to finish the job. Again the drill was used to drill out the bolt holes.

    I used a rubber mallet and a piece of wood to flatten the new homemade generator head gasket before taking it outside to mount onto my generator.

    The new DIY head gasket slipped right onto my HF generator cylinder with ease.

    I put the head on and screwed it down.

    Now for the test run.

    It fired and sputtered a bit but would not run. A bit tighter on the bolts and then another try at running the generator.

    I did not want to torque the bolts down too far. I did not want to damage the soft aluminum cylinder.

    The engine started right up and ran well.

    Success.
     
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    Snowblower Starter Rope Repair With Briggs & Stratton Engine

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    In this easy to follow video tutorial I show you how to replace the starter rope on your snowblower with a BRIGGS & STRATTON engine.
     
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    Snwoblower Quick Tip #2 Honda Drive Shaft Pin

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    In this "snowblower quick tip video" I show you a pin that can break in the Honda HS928 transmission if you are not careful with your snowblower.
     
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    Use ethanol free gas in small engines if possible.

    If you're getting fuel and fire, and still having trouble, a $2 spark plug is a cheap and easy place to start, and works about half the time.
     
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    Tool Knowledge Challenge - What The Heck Is That?

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    Game testing knowledge of ten different and somewhat unusual tools from various trades. Test your expertise! Post your score in the comments section!

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    Glass Cutting Basics for Picture Framing - http://youtu.be/BkZ8HFJzyjo
    Reliable Crimp Connections - http://youtu.be/3LBZR_XiEnk
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    I blew number 3. Never ever seen one of them.
    We need a thread of what is it.
     
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    This is pretty interesting / informative:

    Glass Cutting Basics for Picture Framing

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    How to do-it-yourself instructional on cutting glass for picture framing and other handyman projects. Demonstrates cutting procedures and use of Cut-Running Pliers as well as a safe homemade alternative.

    OK today on Repairs101 we've got this piece of artwork here that has an unfortunate crack in the glass. And so I'm going to remove the glass, cut a new piece because it's a custom frame and it has a unique size that you can't just buy off the shelf. Here's a handful of framing tools that we'll be using and my framing supplies toolbox. Sitting on top of this replacement piece of glass we're going to be using which is UV glass. As you can see it's quite faded so we're going to put on a piece of UV glass. And give it that little bit of extra protection from light that is deteriorating the quality of this image.

    So being able to cut glass is a great skill to have. The tools are inexpensive for sure and you'll have a lot of opportunities to use it around the home if you're a handyperson. You might have broken window panes in your home that you need to replace, you might have a broken mirror that needs to be replaced or reframed or like this a piece of broken artwork.

    Now first up I'd say you may want to wear gloves. Now I'm going to do this barehanded but I recommend that you wear gloves when you do this. And for sure you're going to wear your safety glasses.

    Although there are a lot of more expensive options the most basic tool you need to do this job is this little thing right here. I'll show you that. There we go. As you can see, its got a wheel in the end of it made of high carbon steel and that's what does all the work. These notches right here, they're there as holds so you can grab on to a piece of glass and break it off like that. And of course the handle is very nice ergonomic handle and it also has a little ball on the end that's also used for tapping the glass along the scribe that you've made in order to ensure a break.

    So another tool you're going to need is the glass cut running pliers, also known as a glazer's pliers or a glass plier. So this is the way it works. As you scribe along the top of the piece of glass you get this underneath it and it levers it together and it separates it along your scribe.

    The original piece of glass is considerably smaller than the replacement piece that we've bought for it. So it's going to need to be cut down. It also has all the corners nipped off of it. We'll just take a Sharpie and trace it now obviously it's just going to give me a rough outline of where I need to cut.

    OK so in the spirit of measuring twice and cutting once I'm going to take a quick measurement and we'll start measuring. Just take a look at this. And we'll measure this one again of course just take two measurements. So the tracing is good. And I'm going to follow it as my guideline. The first thing I'm going to cut is the short edge because the shorter your run you're cutting the better off you are.

    And we're going to take a brand new Fletcher glass cutter -- the gold tip type, with the breaker ball on the end which I'm not sure I'm going to need. I'm going to apply a tiny drop of tenacious oil which is a very, very thick chain oil that is very much similar to gear oil. Say an eighty or ninety weight gear oil, if that's what you've got that's what I'd recommend. Anyway so that's just to make sure that the wheel rolls nice and easily across the surface.

    Line it up right the first time. There we go. There we go. There we go. OK so I've got it lined up to my liking I've got the -- maybe I'll add one more clamp to hold that in place to make sure it doesn't move when I make my cut.

    OK start beyond it, go right up against the ruler which you're using as a fence, and get started.
    [Glass cutting]

    And go right to the end and over the edge.
    [Glass cutting]

    OK and that's all there is to it.

    OK and then the last thing is to take your cut running pliers and snap the end. You want to line that up right on it right on the cut and then you see it just breaks like magic.
    Here we go here we go so we line it up just like that and there you go. You see that? No cuts, nothing to worry about but I recommend that you wear gloves . And then you just give it a little tiny gentle squeeze and as you can see it pops off clean and right into my hand.

    This time I'm going to use this much bigger set-square because unfortunately my favourite little steel ruler isn't long enough -- it's eighteen inches and we need to go across eighteen and a half. And you must score from edge to edge. You cannot start part way down and hope that it all works out OK. That's just not going to happen. And here we go.
    [Glass cutting]

    Now if for whatever reason you can't your hands on a pair of cut running pliers there's a civilized solution and it's not using your hands or using two pairs or ordinary pliers.
     
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    HOW-TO Replace Murray Snowblower Auger Belt Part #585416MA

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    In this easy to follow video tutorial I show you how to replace the auger belt on your Murray snowblower.
    The same procedure will apply to many models of Murray, Briggs& Stratton, Brute, Craftsman and Noma/Canadiana snowblowers.

    Purchase belt #585416MA here; http://www.discountonlineparts.com/se...
     
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    BEWARE, ethanol free gas, is allowed to be 5% ethanol, by law. I found this while buying "ethanol free" gas for my new outboard engines.
    After a lot of investigation, I came to the conclusion that a good additive to prevent water absorption was, for me, a better way to go.
    I found no performance difference nor fuel consumption difference between the 2.
    JM2C
     
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    I think ethanol laws very from state to state. I have been running ethanol free premium in my gasoline generator, 4 wheelers and chain saws for the last 4 1/2 years with zero problems. Stationary fuel tanks like generators are especially prone to fuel separation because there is no agitation to keep it dispersed.
    Here is an article on fuel separation:
    http://fuelschool.blogspot.com/2009/02/phase-separation-in-ethanol-blended.html
     
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    I can get 100% gasoline, perhaps that's a better way to word it.

    Ethanol gas will separate/condensate in a couple of months here (I can throw a rock into salt water) even with additives. And it will kill anything with a small carburetor.
     
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    Another tip for high humidity areas, fill your tanks full. The air in the top of the tank contains moisture, and will eventually condense and make water in your fuel.

    The alternative is to keep it completely empty, but a half tank of fuel sitting for extended periods is problematic.


    For two cycle engines, I normally pour out the fuel and let it run until it dies if I'm not going to use it again that day.
     
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    A tool review today...........

    Vampliers Screw Extraction Pliers

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    In this TOOL REVIEW video I show you two pairs of screw extraction pliers that are useful in my small engine repair shop.

    VamPLIERS™ Pro 8" Screw Extraction and Linemans Pliers
    http://www.vampiretools.com/vampliers...

    VamPLIERS™ Slip-Joint 7" Screw Extraction Pliers
    http://www.vampiretools.com/vampliers...

    Visit www.vampiretools.com
     
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    [h=1]Tech 101: Fuel-line hose – what you should and should not use[/h]
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    Neoprene fuel line.


    Most vehicle repair shops are encountering a lot of fuel-line-related issues since the introduction of ethanol into America’s pump gas. Because of ethanol’s effects on rubber, plastic and metals, they are finding themselves spending a lot more time fixing fuel delivery systems than they did in the days of leaded gas and carburetors.

    Shops that perform these fuel system repairs are faced with the fact that there are now many possible types of fuel line that are necessary to make a proper, safe and durable repair. The few rolls of neoprene fuel line or steel tubing that used to hang on the wall are now only part of the varied products needed to perform these repairs. New sizes, new materials, new attachment fittings and new manufacturer’s O.E. recommendations have caused many shops to expand their inventories of fuel line products to meet market demands.

    So, we offer this guide to the backyard mechanic as a reference for selecting the right products to purchase and keep in your own garage for the specific repairs you may find necessary. While plain neoprene fuel line will still work for many applications, these other products are designed to meet specific needs.

    Standard neoprene fuel hose can be used for fuel, PCV and EEC systems on all vehicles where working pressures are under 50 psi or vacuum ratings are under 24-in. Hg for 7/16-inch and smaller inside-diameter sizes (10-in. Hg for ½-inch diameter hose). Fuel line is a petroleum-resistant nitrile tube with a covering that resists weathering, ozone and heat and can be used for ethanol-laced fuels and diesel fuel. It should, however, not be used on coolant systems, oil systems or fuel-injection systems that produce pressures higher than 50 psi. SAE ratings displayed on the hose should be 30R6 or 30R7.

    Neoprene fuel line is available in 1/8-inch through 5/8-inch sizes on bulk rolls, with additional 3-foot sections of large 1-1/2-inch through 2-1/4-inch sizes available for gas filler neck applications. Neoprene with an outer steel braiding is also offered for custom applications; however, it is difficult to clamp with a standard worm gear clamp. Special AN-type fittings are often necessary with steel-braided fuel line.

    When a bent filler neck hose is necessary, wire-inserted fuel hose is also offered. It bears the SAE 30R5 rating and can withstand temperatures of -40 to 212 degrees. Working pressure is not relevant, but wire-inserted hose can withstand 50-85 psi, depending on diameter.

    High-pressure fuel hose for clamp-type fuel-injection systems is also available. This fuel hose is SAE 30R9-rated and uses a fluoro elastomer inner liner that will withstand up to 180 psi and 300 degrees. It is approved for all fuel blends including straight methanol, and the outer coating is also ozone- and abrasion-resistant. High-pressure fuel-injection hose can also be used in low-pressure applications, but the difference in pricing may convince you to save it for where it is needed.


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    Nylon fuel line.


    Many late-model production cars are now using hard, black nylon tubing with special connectors to attach fuel-feed lines to the gas tank sending unit/fuel pump modules. This gas-resistant nylon tubing can be purchased by the foot or in short sections with the proper ends already attached to one end. Nylon tubing uses barbed fittings that are inserted into the tubing, and the connection is then heated to shrink the tubing around the fitting.

    Marine fuel hose is a different product than standard fuel hose and has to be Coast Guard approved. Marine hose must have the SAE J1527 Style R1 rating emblazoned on the hose to pass as seaworthy. Marine hose is rated for 40 psi and will work in a pinch for carbureted passenger cars and light trucks.



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    Tygon fuel hose.


    Small engines on your lawnmower, ATV or motorcycle use a gas-resistant vinyl tubing called Tygon. It is usually clear or transparent yellow in color and is preferred over the clear vinyl tubing you can purchase for your beer keg tap or for use as a wiring loom. Tygon is available in short sections or on a large roll and can be quite expensive, but it will outlast the standard vinyl by many years and does not turn brown and brittle after extended use, as vinyl tubing often does.

    Standard rubber vacuum or heater hose should never be used in fuel applications. The hose will deteriorate from the inside out and can plug fuel filters and carburetors with rubber debris, long before it springs an external leak.



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    Small Engines Q & A Video #146

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    Welcome to my bi-weekly series where your Small Engine questions are answered

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    4. Can I adjust the carburetor on my snowblower with the choke on? 3:51
    5. Does it matter if I use my snowblower with the belt cover off? 4:45

    6. Can I re-use a slightly damaged worm gear in my snowblower auger gear box? 5:36

    7. Is it normal for the engine RPM on my snowblower to go down when I engage the augers? 6:31

    8. A quick overview of a 45” Troy-Bilt snowblower. 7:04

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    The Mouse That Died In A Snowblower

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    In this video Joel my co-op student shows how rodents can easily make your snowblower their home and possibly cause damage to your equipment!
     
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    WHAT I'M WORKING ON - Episode #5

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    Today I'm working on a 2165 Jonsered chainsaw that the fuel filter came off. In the video you will see what problems this can cause.
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