Small Engine Repair

Small engine repair how-tos for lawn mowers and other equipment.

Two-Cycle Small Engine Start Up Tips

When two-cycle leaf-blowers, string trimmers, chain saws or other small engines won't start, first see if one of these common problems is the cause.

Small Engine Repair projects

  • Iridium Spark Plugs for Small Engines

    Start your lawnmower, RV or other small engine faster by replacing the copper spark plug with an iridium-enhanced spark plug. This article…

  • How to Repair Small Engines: Cleaning the Carburetor

    Solve most lawnmower or other small engine starting problems with a simple diagnosis and a carburetor cleaning or rebuilding. It'll only take a…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Snow Blowing Tips

    These snow blowing tips explain how to maintain and operate your snowblower for maximum efficiency and safety.

  • Top ATV and Motorcycle Repairs

    A pro explains common repair and maintenance for motorcycles and ATVs that you can do yourself. Save money by replacing CV boots, cleaning and…

  • Snow Blower Oil Change Tips

    Add a permanent oil drain extension tube to your snow blower to simplify oil changes and avoid an oily mess.

  • Install a New Snow Blower Belt

    Snowblower belts start to wear out after 5 to 7 years, and should be replaced. You can save money by doing the job yourself. Here's an overview…

  • How to Fix a Stuck Throttle

    Lawnmower throttle cables can get stuck because of rust and grit, making it difficult to control the mower. Here's how to access and lubricate…

  • How to Test an Ignition Coil

    Learn how testing the ignition coil can be quick and easy using a special ignition system tester. It's inexpensive and works for any small…