When it comes to small engine repair, most people are more than willing to trust the mechanic. Small gas engines seem complicated and mistakes can be costly. While it is always a good idea to trust a mechanic when you think the job is more than you can handle, there is no shame in tackling some engine repair on your own. Here are some common repairs that you can handle on your own, provided you have a decent level of DIY smarts.
First, you need to get over the fear factor. Understand that it is very difficult to completely ruin a small gas engines. Yes, it can happen, but most of the time any mistakes you make can be fixed. That should help you feel calmer.
Also, make friends with your computer. The Internet is an invaluable resource for information about fixing cars. You can find detailed instructions, with videos or step-by-step images, to help you with your small gas engine repair. Often, seeing how it is done is the first step in doing it yourself. These guides will also help you decide if this is truly something you can do on your own, or if you need professional help.
Before you begin fixing anything, you will want to have the right tools. Most of the time you will need an adjustable wrench, a variety of screwdrivers, a jack, a torque wrench, a socket and ratchet set, and pliers. If you are missing any of these tools, then you will want to pick them up before you begin. As you shop for tools, make sure they have a good grip, so look for ones with heavy, solid handles.
So, what jobs can you tackle on your own? One is replacing a broken belt. Broken not hard to replace. When inspecting your lawn mower or other small gas engine, always check the belts for signs of weir, such as cracks or looseness. Replace them when you need to. If they are loose, you might be able to get away with tightening them using a tensioner pulley rather than replacing them.
The battery is another common type of lawn equipment repair that you can, realistically, do on your own. Before replacing a battery, make sure the car does not need to be jumped. If jumping does not work, purchase a multimeter to test the battery. Or have it tested at your local auto parts store. They usually will do this for free.
Finally, while not technically engine repair, you can handle many maintenance tasks on your own. Replacing filters, spark plugs, and old oil is not hard once you learn how, and you can save a significant chunk of change doing these on your own. For other jobs, consider hiring a professional, but for these simple tasks, you can try to DIY.