Small engines are used in all kinds of power tools and lawn & garden equipment, and like all engines, 2-cycle engines should get a tune-up at least once a year.
The most common mistake that small engine owners make about tune-ups is waiting for the engine to stop working before doing one.
Tune-ups are intended to keep an engine running, not to fix it once it stops. If your engine has stopped working, its possible that the problem could have been prevented with regular tune-ups.
This article explains the steps for a simple 2-cycle engine tune up, including air filter, spark plug, and fuel filter replacement. We use a Shindaiwa T242 Trimmer as a demonstration model for this tune-up, but these steps apply to all 2-cycle engines.
You will need the following items for this tune-up:
- a ratcheting socket wrench
a new air filter
- a new spark plug
- a new fuel filter
- a hooked wire