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oil level on dipstick

Which way should this dipstick be placed? When placed in with the bend facing towards the engine it gives a different reading from when placed facing the opposite way. There is not a great deal of ...
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Snow Blower Break In Smell

I just started my new snowblower today to try to break it in. Within maybe a minute it started emitting a "burning metal" smell. I stopped it and there was some smoke coming out of the air filter. ...
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How do I find out what the Series number is on my Briggs and Stratton Engine?

How do I find out what the Series number is on my Briggs and Stratton Engine? I have found, and do know the model, type, and code of my engine, but I am looking for the Series number. When I'm ...
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John Deere LX 266 lawn tractor engine dies

I have a John Deere LX 277 lawn tractor that has developed an engine problem that has my mechanic and me stumped. The motor in question is a Kawasaki FH500V (electric starter). While the engine is ...
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How does the choke on my mower work? [closed]

I am wondering if the choke may be part of the reason I am having trouble with my mower. It appears that there is very little force causing it to stay open or closed. I am wondering if there is a ...
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Small engine starts then stops

A craftsman mower did not start at all. I cleaned out the carburetor, cleaned the passages on the bowl bolt. The air filter is clean, the fuel drips in a 1/8" stream without the bowl attached. ...
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Oiling lawn mower air filters

Why does the air filter on a lawn mower need to be oiled? Is it true that major engine damage will occur if the intake air filter is not oiled?
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I have a small 196cc 6.5 horse power engine

I am using this motor in a small pit bike. And was wondering why there was 2 oil spots. I was told on is for the motor oil and one is a white merky fluid but dont know what to look for. Please help.
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Oil all over outside of engine

I have a 1988 yamaha route 66....I put some oil in, it has a slow leak by kickstand...I took it for a 5 mile ride last night. Afterwards I found it sitting in oil, and the outter engine /side was ...
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Small Gas Engine Throttle

I have a small gas engine without a (human usable) throttle control system. I want to fix this oversight. I have located the throttle system on the engine, and figured out if I push it one way it revs ...
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Cannot get Kubota tractor engine to fire

I have a Kubota T2080 lawn tractor. It has a basic 2-cylinder gasoline naturally aspirated engine. I let it sit last winter and now that it's the spring, I cannot get the engine to fire. The electric ...
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Old Air Compressor Rebuild (and general piston engines) - Oil On Cylinder Walls?

So I have recently acquired (for free) a circa 1973 Speedaire 20 gallon compressor with no history. After a short while of use the check valve failed and when I removed it I noticed it and the air ...
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Engine oil leak from motorcycle

I'm having this peculiar problem. There is an engine oil leak from my 160 cc motorcycle. The thing is that, I got the engine oil changed couple of days back, by a nearby mechanic. Now the problem is ...
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Craftsman snowblower: sudden death

I have a Craftsman 9hp dual (eg electric) start snowblower. It is very similar (or the same) as the one in this manual. It has been running smoothly all winter - I can start it reliably with the ...
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Recommended maximum amount of time to allow a small engine to sit without being run

I recently ordered a small 2 stage snow blower. I live in the midwest US and some winters we don't get a lot of snow, so it's possible that I could go a whole winter without running the snowblower. ...
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Issue w/ weedeater engine - doesn't stay on

So, here's the problem. I'll prime my weedeater, put full choke on, pull the cord a few times. Now, BEFORE, the engine never started with full choke. I would need to move it to half choke, pull the ...
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Carburetor question, attempting snowblower repair

I have a Craftsman Snowblower, model 247.889702. Unit is a few years old, and I can't get it to start. Unfortunately, I left gas in it one winter and over the summer and of course when I tried to get ...
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Weedeater doesn't run very well w/ muffler on

I know nothing about this kind of stuff. But, when I started my weedeater, and put it on no choke (or even half choke), and gave it full throttle, it slowly died unless I let up on the throttle. I ...
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Which engine does a 2005 Kymco People 50 have?

I am looking at purchasing an aftermarket 70cc big bore kit for a Kymco People 50 2-stroke scooter. The issue is that I don't know what engine this has. It seems that the 4-stroke "4T" model uses a ...
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Weed eater doesn't cut weeds anymore

I have a curved shaft 25cc 2 stroke Troy-bilt weed eater model #Tb32ec. I was using it to cut down some tall grass and it just quit cutting. It never bogged down or stalled out. I made sure that the ...
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Briggs-Stratton Lawnmower motor losing power

My Toro lawnmower featuring a Briggs-Stratton 7.25HP motor has been losing power lately. It is about 2 years old and I've used the maintenance kit (spark plug, air filter, oil, & fuel treatment) ...
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What's wrong with my pressure washer?

Sorry if this is off topic. I couldn't find another StackExchange forum it would fit any better with. I have a gas powered Troy Bilt (model 01902) pressure washer with a 6.5 HP Briggs & Stratton ...
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Most appropriate small engine to rebuild for learning purposes?

I'd like to rebuild a small motor to 1) refresh my memory of how four-stroke motors work, and 2) teach my sons how they work. Which engine is: relatively inexpensive (< $200 used) requires only ...
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John Deere SX-85 will not go into reverse, or move backwards

I have John Deere SX-85 riding lawnmower which comes with a Peerless 910 series transaxle. It has mowed the lawn twice since the installation of all new belts over the winter. During the second mow, ...