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Popular Small Engine Repair Terms
Small engines power everything from lawn mowers to chain saws. If one has an engine which is not working properly, taking it to a repair shop is the best solution. In order to have a better, more comprehensive understanding of small engine repair, it's helpful to understand the terminology associated with this field. Below are several terms one should be familiar with when talking with a mechanic about small engine repair or maintenance.
Carburetor - A device for mixing vaporized fuel with air in order to produce a combustible or explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine. Many small engines have carburetors.
Motor - By comparison, a motor is a small and powerful engine such as an internal combustion engine which might be found in cars, boats, lawn mowers and chainsaws.
Cylinder - A cylindrical chamber in which the pressure of liquid or gas moves a sliding piston. Cylinders are commonly found in internal combustion engines.
Tractor - A motor vehicle used to pull heavy loads such as what would be found in the farming industry. Some tractors however, are small such as personal riding lawn mowers and the like.
Gas and Oil Mixture - A combination of gas and oil. In order for some small engines to function properly, this mixture is required. The manufacturer of the small engine will typically include the proper fuel and oil ratios for the engine.
Mechanic - A person skilled in repairing and maintaining engines or motors. Mechanic specialties range from airplane mechanics, to automobile and small engine mechanics. Mechanics usually work from a repair shop, a central location wherein the mechanic has access to the necessary tools in order to repair or maintain an engine.
Small engine repair shops often focus on motors used in lawnmowers and boats. Some of the repair shops, however, will also have mechanics that know how to fix the engines used in cars and trucks. In addition to using a small engine repair shop for repair services, replacement parts, and maintenance, you might be able to perform basic services on yourself by using online troubleshooting videos and diagrams.
When consumers purchase new items from manufacturers, they usually work perfectly. Over time, though, the motor’s parts begin to show their age. The equipment might also start to leak oil and gasoline. Taking these items to a repair shop can often save you quite a bit of money since you can continue using the older equipment instead of buying new ones. If you have a warranty from the manufacturer, then you might not need to pay anything for the service.
Repair shops often have commonly used parts in stock. This makes it easy for them to rebuild old engines or simply replace worn out cylinders, manual transmissions, and fuel reservoirs. In some cases, though, the shop might have to order replacement parts. This usually increases the amount of time that it takes to fix the motor, so it makes sense to choose a mechanic with lots of replacement parts on hand.
If you prefer fixing the motor on your own, then search the Internet for diagrams, tutorials, and auto guides that will help you. Some companies also sell kits that will help you repair the motors.