Whether it’s your snowblower, pressure washer, or lawnmower, many of our small engine appliances get heavy use during certain seasons and could use some maintenance to extend their longevity. One of the easiest ways to increase the lifespan of your small engine appliance is to clean it on a regular basis. Here are some of our best tips on cleaning small engines to make sure they are operating as efficiently as possible.
Remove Pieces of Debris
Pieces of debris stuck in your small engine can cause big problems. Checking for debris and removing it should be a part of your regular cleaning routine and may be worth doing after each use, depending on the appliance. Preventing a build-up of debris over time will help avoid overheating and other potentially dangerous situations.
To remove debris from your small engine, disassemble it based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, gently clean the engine including the flywheel and other moving parts with a soft bristle brush. This will allow you to remove debris without scratching or damaging the rest of your engine.
Degrease Your Engine
Degreasing is an essential part of small engine maintenance and skipping it can severely limit the lifetime of your appliance. It should be performed regularly to avoid long-term problems.
When you degrease your small engine appliance, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes. Your appliance should be fully turned off before you begin degreasing. Degrease with a degreasing specific product and then rinse with water. Make sure your appliance is completely dry before using it again.
Clean Your Spark Plug
Your small engine will not run effectively without a spark plug so it is important to keep it nice and clean. Avoid using sandpaper or abrasive material to clean your spark plug, which is sometimes recommended, as it can damage the outside of the spark plug. Instead, use a cloth and some good old elbow grease to clear the spark plug of any dirt or grease.
Clean Your Carburetor
The carburetor is debatably one of the most important parts of your small engine to keep clean. It will extend the life of your appliance and prevent any potentially dangerous situations from occurring.
When cleaning your carburetor, be sure to start by making sure all of the fuel lines are clear of fuel. We recommend running carburetor cleaner through all of the fuel lines and then manually inspecting them for any build-up that may prevent fuel from moving easily through the lines. For small engines, it is important to focus on the lower end of the carburetor to ensure it is fully cleaned out.
Prepare for Winter Storage
Depending on where you live, you may need to prepare your small appliance for winter storage to make sure it is properly protected from the cold weather and elements. Many small appliances come with specific winter storage instructions so check your manual and follow their recommendations.
In general, you will want to check your fuel levels before storing your appliance for the winter. If you have any fuel in the engine, make sure it is clean gas and consider adding a stabilizer to avoid any issues with extremely cold temperatures.
Need Help with Your Small Engine?
The tips above are some great basics for taking care of your small engine appliances and making sure they run as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. If you need some help with repairing or maintaining your lawn mower, contact our team at Mobile Mower Techs and we will come to you to assess the situation and get your engine running in tip-top shape.