If you are having a spot of trouble with your small generator or mower, here are some simple things you can try before you start stripping the entire machine, or send it off for someone else to strip for spares. As always with machinery, it is best to have an assistant, even if it just pulls on the starter cord for you once in a while...

If the simple steps we described in the article on initial fault finding did not get you started, here is the second round of slightly more complicated checks. Have some tools handy... Follow the steps in order, missing one detail cann cause you to start all over again.

Every manufacturer of machinery uses a slightly different carburettor. Over the years, though, a few simple designs persist, and they all work more or less the same way. Even the most complicated ones share the basic structure of all carburettors. Instead of photos or drawings, we will use word-pictures, in the hope that the thing you hold in your hands will fill in the details by itself.