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

  1. Snow Blowing Tips

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

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  1. Iridium Spark Plugs for Small Engines

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    Start your lawnmower, RV or other small engine faster by replacing the copper spark plug with an iridium-enhanced spark plug. This article explains how and why they work better.

  2. How to Repair Small Engines: Cleaning the Carburetor

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    Solve most lawnmower or other small engine starting problems with a simple diagnosis and a carburetor cleaning or rebuilding. It'll only take a few hours and you'll avoid the minimum $70-plus-parts repair bill.

  3. Snow Blower Oil Change Tips

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

  4. Top ATV and Motorcycle Repairs

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    A pro explains common repair and maintenance for motorcycles and ATVs that you can do yourself. Save money by replacing CV boots, cleaning and lubing chains and cables, and performing other basic tasks.

  5. How to Fix a Stuck Throttle

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    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 it so it moves freely.

  6. Two-Cycle Small Engine Start Up Tips

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    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.

  7. Install a New Snow Blower Belt

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    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 of the procedure.

  8. How to Test an Ignition Coil

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    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 engine.

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