Small Engines

The heart of outdoor power equipment, learn from our experts important small engine maintenance and repair projects to keep your machinery performing to its potential.

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Kawasaki Motors Recalls 70,000 Engines Due to Fire Hazard

Kawazaki Motors has recalled over 68,500 engines over fire and burn concerns.

Exploring the Power King Wood Chipper Shredder: Review and Usage Guide

The Power King Chipper is called a beast for a reason—it quickly shreds your brush pile in a...


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Is the Ryobi Tire Inflator Worth the Investment? Find Out in Our Review

Air compressors require a lot of work if you only need them for a minute or two to top off...


Wood Chippers: Renting vs. Buying

Is wood chipper rental a better choice for you than buying? That depends on the answers to a few key...


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Small Engine Maintenance Tips from the Pros

Small engines, big investment. Here’s how to maximize small engine performance.

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Family Handyman Approved: Sea Foam Motor Treatment

Keep your engines running smoothly.


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How To Winterize Your Boat and Trailer

Learn how to winterize a boat.

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How to Check, Clean, and Change Lawn Mower Spark Plugs

A maintenance routine that includes servicing the spark plugs, air filter and engine oil helps keep your lawn mower running...


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How to Test a Spark Plug to See If It’s Working

Every small gasoline engine has a spark plug, and this key component requires periodic inspection and testing. Learn how to...


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How to Clean a Small-Engine Spark Plug

All small engines have a spark plug, and cleaning spark plugs from time to time helps keep your equipment running...


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How to Lubricate a Chainsaw With Oil

Unless you understand both types of chainsaw oil and how to use them, your chainsaw won't work properly for long....

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8 Most Common Lawn Tractor Repairs

If you own a lawn tractor, a.k.a. a riding lawn mower, knowing how to make these eight common repairs can...


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Why Is There Oil On My Spark Plugs?

Got a two-stroke engine running rough or not at all? Oil could be the problem. If you're wondering why there's...


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What Are the Signs That a Spark Plug Is Bad?

Having trouble with an engine that won't start or runs rough? A bad spark plug could be the culprit. Here's...


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How to Winterize a Two-Stroke Outboard Motor

Get your boat motor ready for winter storage.


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How to Repair Small Engines: Cleaning the Lawn Mower Carburetor

Don't Google "small engine repair near me" the next time your lawnmower sputters. Learn how to do it yourself. Small...

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What Type of Lawn Mower Oil Should I Use

Your lawn mower needs the right kind of engine oil used in the right way. Read on to learn about...


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10 Things You Should Know About Gasoline

Do you think premium gas is free of ethanol and the best choice for small engines? Do you ever treat...


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Why Is My Lawnmower Smoking?

From troubleshooting easy fixes to performing essential maintenance, here's what to do if your lawnmower starts puffing out smoke.


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Here’s What To Do If Your Lawn Mower Won’t Start

Whether you just dusted it off for the season or it stopped mid-mow, here's how to troubleshoot when your lawn...


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How to Replace Spark Plugs in Your Car

Save big on car maintenance costs by changing spark plugs yourself!


How To Test an Ignition Coil

Test the ignition coil quickly and easily with a simple ignition system tester