That would be my suggestion--go to local library and peruse their
collection to see what looks like what you might like for your own.
Or use amazon.com if you're not inclined to travel that far...
There are any number of books on the subject to choose from.
That's what I was gonna say. There's only three things that can go wrong
with them ;-)
I bought the Hayne's small engine repair manual. Several years ago I knew
almost nothing about small engines. I read the book a couple of times and
now I can tear one down, replace a piston, valve, governor gear, whatever in
a couple of hours. And they work when I'm done. Except some of the
carburators are still a mystery to me. You might be surprised how many
parts are interchangeable or substitutable between different manufacturers.
We took the mower to the shop. Their diagnosis was they had to rebuild
the carburetor. Of course, that's always the diagnosis. I decided not to
tackle it after I took off the air cleaner. The primer was not working,
and I couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work. It's as if it
had no vacuum.
Maybe I'll find a junk engine and try tearing it apart. There are lots
of benefits to having a formalized instruction versus trying to
understand a picture or a description. We all learn best in different
ways, I guess.
Like one poster said.......get a non-running engine and start there.
Once you find a fairly common engine (Briggs and Stratton), find the
model number and look at the parts diagrams online at no cost. Then
try to get it started. If you fail, come back and ask questions here.
Hell, many on here may take the time to guide you thru the diagnosis
procedures before you try to find the problem blindfolded on your own.
In reality, they are pretty easy to work on. All basic stuff.
Hank <~~~30 years with small engines, mostly dirtbikes and ATV's
Most libraries should have some good books. Check a few out and see
which ones you like then buy the ones you think are best. My brother
too a course in it. I rebuilt the family lawnmower when I was 13 from
reading his books. I dont think he ever did anything with it except in
class. I resurrected a few old engines for go carts but havent touched
one in 25 years. A lot of teenage kids I knew overhauled old engines
they found in the dump. Its not hard.
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