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3 Common Reasons Why Your Small Engine Hard To Start

by HIPA Jeremy 16 Nov 2022 0 Comments

Small engine hard to start? This blog provides information on how to troubleshoot a small engine and the most likely defective parts associated with this problem.


If your small engine is hard to start, here are the top 3 most probable causes.

1.Defective spark plug
Due to carbon buildup and a weakened electrode, the spark plug will degrade over time which can make the engine hard to start. You should inspect the spark plug for damage or wear and you can also use an ignition tester to help determine if the spark plug is defective. Generally, we recommend replacing the spark plug once a year.

2.Restricted carburetor
The residue that results from old fuel being left in the tank can create a restriction in the carburetor. This is why you should always use fresh fuel when filling the tank and a fuel stabilizer to help maintain the quality of the fuel. You can try cleaning the carburetor with carburetor cleaner to eliminate the clog. If cleaning is not effective, you can often purchase a carburetor repair kit to replace some of the components or install a new carburetor altogether.

3.Clogged fuel cap
As fuel is consumed, the level in the fuel tank lowers to make up for this. Fuel caps will have a small vent hole or holes to allow air into the tank, creating a vacuum that can make the engine difficult to start. Try loosening the cap slightly then see if you can start the engine. If the engine starts normally and continues to run, it is likely the vent hole or holes in the cap are blocked and the cap will need to be replaced.

Please let us know if this works and if you have any suggestions or comments. Or you can join HIPA DIY COMMUNITY to feature your passion for repair projects, share your stories with the Hipa family and get help from Hipa.

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