On Dec 19, 9:57 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Thanks for pointing out that "my simulated load" is just like "no
load". As soon as the snow stops, I will try running the machine up
the hill (my driveway) while throwing snow at the same time to put it
under load to see if the throttle valve will open or not. Seem like I
have plenty of opportunity to put the machine (and myself) under load
Also thanks for telling me that this is normal for the throttle valve
to be closed if the engine is not under load (that is even if we have
turned the speed lever to High). I mistakenly assumed that the
throttle valve should open up strictly following the speed lever.
Thanks for the correction.
As mentioned in another of my post, I find that the engine cannot idle
slow. According to other web sites, this means there is likely an air
leak somewhere in the engine. Seem like you are right.
The hard part is to find out where the air leak is. And I will need
to connect an air regulator to my small air compressor and inject 3-
lbs-per-sq-in air through the choke air intake and spray soapy water
around the engine to see where the bubbles will come out.
Meanwhile, I will have to start using the snow thrower today and
tomorrow regardless the fact that the engine cannot idle snow. I
think it should not hurt the engine -- just burn more gas.
I received the snow thrower as a "hand me down" years ago. I was not
able to set the speed lever to low. If I tried, the engine would
stop. After I cleaned the carburetor a week ago and made adjustment
on the high speed mixing needle, I can put the speed lever to low and
the engine will continue running. The only remaining problem is that
the engine will run in high rpm, not in slow idle speed.
Based on the research on another web site and what have been suggested
in this news group, the problem might have to do with air leak. The
engine may get air elsewhere from air leak (not just from the air
inlet in the carburetor). I don't fully understand this. But I just
have to keep this in mind.
Because of the fact that I have been using the snow thrower for years
without the use of running it in idle speed, I probably will leave
this problem alone.
The tension on the governor spring is set by the speed control & the
governor maintains it under varying load.
If an engine is off & the control is set to fast, the throttle will be
pulled wide open.
It's more expensive to add the required throttle linkage and most people
never use that feature anyway. More often than not, it comes down to
nothing more than cost of goods to manufacture, though that isn't as
exciting as conspiracy theories.
And require greater displacement to produce a given horsepower. Like I
said, it all comes down to cost. People want cheap, and they want enough
power to cut their grass. These motors hardly ever wear out before the
equipment they power anyway, change the oil yearly which hardly anyone
ever does and a lawnmower engine can last 50 years.
My John Deere LA100 manual says idling or operating at less than full
throttle can be harmful. Half throttle should be used only for a warm
start or a brief warm-up after a cold start. Full throttle should be
used for cold starting, running, and shutting off.
I suppose it has a throttle lever for safety, as a quick way to reduce
Yeah that sounds reasonable.
I figure most people mow their lawns about 15 times a year, although
obviously that depends on location. If a typical suburban lawn takes
roughly a half hour to mow, and 350 hours engine life is good for 46
years. Not saying nobody ever wears them out, but I've scrapped a number
of lawnmowers due to rusted out decks but the only motors I've ever
junked were ones somebody ran out of oil.
If by cleaning you mean with spray carb cleaner, that isnt the same as
what you soak them in. Are there needle adjustments on the carb, often
that is all that is needed. 3600 rpm is a base for most all small
power equipment like this, a cheap hour meter usualy has a tach, they
have a wire that wraps around the plug wire
Thanks for telling me that the type of tachometer is called "Hour
Having said this I decide to get a cheap optical tachometer. The
reason is that I have found a way to get access to the spinning part
of the engine, and I can use the optical tachometer to measure the rpm
of the spinning part of the engine.
the throttle on these small engines is controlled by a GOVERNOR
system, when the engine is under light load, the throttle will be
more closed, when the engine is under heavy load the governor senses
the engine trying to slow down and will open the throttle to tey to
keep it running at a constant speed as the load changes. The governor
usually is a mechanical setup with springs and rotating weightsw or
fan air pressure usually inside the engine that you cannot see. All
you see of the governor is a lever that comes out of the engine and is
connected to the springs. This level is suposed to move as a fnuction
of the engine spped. You have to understand the concept of the
governor to troubleshoot these problems. If you disable the goverenor
and operate the engine at wide open throttle and no load, IT WILL over
rev and can possible fly apart, that can be dangerous. If you don't
nuderstand all this., proceed with caution. When you first start it
up after any repair, you have to be ready to SHUT ER DOWN immediatly
if it starts to over rev. There are many good websites on small
On Dec 16, 9:10 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Thanks for taking the time to warn me about the danger of letting the
engine to spin too fast. Yes, I know about this. This is the reason
why I want to get a tachometer to make sure I don't let the engine to
spin more than what the manufacturer's has recommended (3600 rpm). So
far, just by hearing the sound from the engine, the problem with the
engine seems to be running too slow and is not running too fast. The
tachometer will arrive in this weekend or early next week just in time
as a X'mas gift for myself.
Currently I am suspecting that the spring that is supposed to keep the
throttle valve open may have become weak; I am waiting for the
tachometer before testing this theory in case I manually open the
throttle valve too wide and let the engine spins too fast. Or the
throttle lever arm is not setup in the correct position; I checked
this once by following the manufacturer's recommended setup and I
don't think this is the problem.
The hardest part that I can think of is how to simulate the situation
when it is running under load while monitoring the rpm using a
tachometer. Currently there is no snow on the ground to test the snow
thrower. Even if there was snow on the ground, I would have a hard
time using the machine to throw snow while holding the handheld
tachometer to point at the spinning part of the engine. I may just
have to lift the wheels off the ground with wood blocks, and let the
wheels and the snow throwing mechanism to free spin. Seem like a
"Hour Meter" is a better device for this test instead of the handheld
tachometer that I have ordered. Oh well...
Usually the banjo bolt that holds the float bowl on clogs, it has some
tiny holes around it near the head that you can clean out with some
piano wire or something similar. As for the tach, the RPM isn't very
critical and you can do it by ear usually, otherwise a stroboscope can
be used to measure it.
You are seeing the engine's GOVERNOR in action. The governor senses
load on the engine, and opens and closes the throttle to maintain a
When the RPM goes up, the governor closes the throttle.
When the RPM goes down, the governor opens the throttle.
It will run at "full speed" with the throttle 80% closed if you are
not blowing snow. When you start pushing through a snow bank, the
throttle opens up to wide open.
Probably. Some things need to be cleaned again, and it needs to be
reassembled correctly. From the sounds of it, the engine is not
getting enough fuel. That's why you have to choke it. Choke reduces
the amount of air coming in and brings the air/fuel mixture back into
Pay specific attention to the float, needle valve, and seat.
On Dec 15, 1:24 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Thanks for the suggestion. You are right about the engine is not
getting enough fuel and the mixing needle needs to be adjusted. As
mentioned in my other post, after I have turned the mixing needle an
additional 1/2 turn more open than what the manufacturer suggested, I
can keep the choke fully opened and the engine will not stop. Seem
like this is the way to send enough fuel to the engine. Still, as
mentioned in my other post, the throttle valve is somehow closed even
though the engine is under load and the speed lever is set at high
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