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Small Engine Care & Repair: A step-by-step guide to maintaining your small engine (Briggs & Stratton) Paperback – April 1, 2003
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The lawnmower in question ran fine last year until **something** happened in the middle of a mowing. Then it just quit and wouldn't restart. Like many a homeowner, one of the first things I checked was the spark plug. Sure enough, it was completely fouled. Clean it off, still no start -- it's hard to get that much carbon off. So a new spark plug. The mower started up just fine and ran for about ninety seconds. The new plug had already fouled!
Okay, it sounds like oil is infiltrating into the chamber somehow. But how? I bought Small Engine Care and Repair hoping to find the answer in a troubleshooting guide. But when it arrived I found that there is really very little troubleshooting information. Yes, there is a troubleshooting section. Fouled spark plugs? Yes, on page 51 but it just talks about cleaning them, nothing about what might cause fouling and how to repair it. Similarly, the book talks about cleaning carbon deposits off the cylinder head but doesn't say much about preventing the deposits in the first place. The only recommendation is to use unleaded gas and clean the head once every 100 hours of operation.
To be fair, the book does describe the critical systems of small engines (compression, fuel, ignition, lubrication, etc.) well, shows you how to tune the engine, and routine service. The advanced repair topics -- as far as they go -- look to be well done, too. Photographs are excellent and used with good effect.
The book would be great for anyone wishing to perform **routine** maintenance and repair on a small 4-cycle engine. But if you've got bigger problems, pass on it!
I was in the latter position up until, well, today. I had taken the carb off, "rebuilt" it, and readjusted it several times. But I couldn't get my mower running. Turns out the smallest internal part of the carb -- the needle seat -- has to be put in a certain way. This book doesn't go into anywhere near that much detail. This is only one example of which I'm sure there are others, particularly when you start messing around with the head and piston.
You can only learn engine repair and diagnosis through experience with (hopefully) a mentor. Online forums can help be that mentor in many cases. If you have no idea how to get started, then yes, I recommend this book. But if diagnosis and other small issues are your problem, I don't think this book will help.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have any Briggs and Stratton powered lawn equipment, and you'd like to do basic maintenance yourself, this is a great book to help you along. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lucas Moore
This is a helpful book, Especially for a person just starting to purchase equipment with small engines It has very helpful full color pictures to compliment the text If the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lewis
I got this book in hopes of learning how to work on some of my yard equipment that decided to all quit working at the same time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by hammy
The book has a ton of information. The first half of the book talks about what each item is and describes the operation of them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Maggie Gigante
I purchased this one for my husband and he says it is a great book for those looking for the answers to small engine repairs.Published 16 months ago by Ann W. Pimental