Small Engine Carburetor, Repair or Replace?

Should you replace or repair my small gas engine carburetor?

This question is becoming more and more common. And the answer may surprise you. With the cost of labor on the rise and the cost of OME parts “in some cases” going down, often the answer is buy new.

Lets start with some common Carburetors.


Now lets look at some repair kits.


When you consider the fact that you can spend all that time and money rebuilding a carburetor and still have problems. I am more and more often recommending installing a new unit.

Labor cost.

With the cost of labor in a repair shop running from $45 to $65 an hour “and sometimes more”. You can see where replacement can cost you less then repair.

So the short answer is compare cost and shop around.

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