Small Engine F.A.Q
1. How often should I service my lawn mower, tractor or snowblower?
Most manufacturers recommend each piece of equipment is serviced at least once a year.
All small engines use petroleum-based products. As the additives in the petroleum break
down and the oil & gas is left to settle over long periods of time; it can cause sludge and
A gummy residue. This residue can cause engines to run rough and even sometimes not
At all. Also, the sludge can block key lubricating points that can cause rapid and excessive
wear. Eventually, the engine could become completely ruined.
2. Agency Repair Shop, is a locally owned and operated. Maintenance and repair shop. We are based in Aurora Colorado, and are Seeking to grow. Our primary goal is to
make it easy and cost-effective for you to get your power equipment serviced.
3. What is included in your advertised tune-up price?
The Agency Repair Shop include EVERYTHING for the tune-up in our low advertised price.
We don’t charge you for unlisted extras. If your unit needs a part we don’t have, we can get it in two to three days.
4. What type of oil should I use in my small engine?
Not all motor oils are the same. Here is a simple explanation about oil. In warmer climates, most engines need a thicker oil. In colder climates, most engines need thinner oil. Oil is measured by its thickness or viscosity (how fast if flows). For example, 40 weight oil is thicker than 30 weight oil. The W in 10W40 stands for winter, which means that in winter, this particular oil behaves
Like 40 weight. Using the wrong oil can cause difficult starting and poor gas consumption.
5. How often should I sharpen my mowing blades?
Sharpening cycles depend on the conditions encountered by the mower. In sandy or very dry conditions, the blades may
Need sharpening every two to three hours. At a minimum, the blades should be checked and sharpened if necessary before
each day of operation.
Keep an extra set of sharp blades handy to replace those that become dull or damaged during daily operation.
6. What type of oil should I use in the hydraulic system?
Any high-quality 15W-40 fully synthetic motor oil can be used.
7. How often should I check and service the hydraulic system?
Hydraulic oil should be checked daily. Make sure the top of the tank is clean BEFORE removing the fill cap.
Oil level should be 1 inch below the top of the tank.
The hydraulic oil and filter should be changed every 500 hours, or once before the mowing season.
Instructions for the oil and filter change can be found in the operators manual.
8. How often should I grease, change oil, or otherwise service my mower?
Complete service instructions and service recommendations can be found in the operators manual.
9. Can I turn or space my wheels for a wider stance?
No. The drive wheels should not be turned around. The rims are designed with a specific offset to center them on the wheel motor, plus the valve stems would be on the inside of the wheel, this makes checking the air pressure very difficult.
Do not attempt to space the drive wheels for the same reason. Any wheel offset, or wheel change, could result in broken wheel motor shafts.
10. How can I correct poor discharge or uneven cut?
Poor discharge is a factor of the blade tip and grounds travel speed.
Always mow with the engine operating at full speed.
Regulate operation control with ground speed. At high ground speeds, the blades cannot cut the grass efficiently. When grass is high, the ground speed must be slowed down.
Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass height. In high or lush grasses, the mower should be operated at its highest level of cut, and then re-cut at the final desired height of cut.
The uneven cut can be something as simple as incorrect tire pressure. NOTE: Check the operator’s manual for correct tire pressure.
Poor discharge and uneven cut can also be caused by damaged, unbalanced, or dull blades.
Grass build up under the deck can damage or wear the deck belt.
Check the operators manual on how to correctly set the cutting height of the deck.