Cooling Fan troubleshooting

Category: Auto Tuning

Cooling fans are easy to troubleshoot. Some automobiles use two smaller fans or one larger fan. The twin electric fan set up will use one fan for cooling the engine. The other fan will be used for cooling the air conditioning and radiator but only works with the ac on. Never continue to run the vehicle up in the red temp zone or you can cause severe damage to the engine. First do you have a temperature gauge in the dash? Is it working correctly? Lift the hood and verify visually that the fan is not working. Does the car cool down once you drive up the highway at 40+ mph? If not, you may have a thermostat sticking or low coolant. The thermostat can cause the engine to stay hot. This can also be the problem if the gauge stays low and the car never heats up. If the temp gauge is reading low yet the two radiator hoses are warm, the temp sensor may not be working. There may also be two temp sensors or senders, one that controls the gauge and one to switch the fan on. If the temperature is getting high and the fan still won’t come on you may have a fan problem.

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Jet Ski troubleshooting

Category: Jet Ski

Jet-ski troubleshooting can be broken down into a few groups. If the ski will not start or run at all, the ignition should be the first place to start. The carburetion or fuel system could also cause this problem if it hasn’t run in awhile. A spark plug check is a good place to start for either problem. Remove the spark plugs and look at them to see if they are wet or dry. If they are dry and light brown color the fueling is correct. If one plug is wet, either that carb has a problem or the ignition on that cylinder isn’t working. Use the starter and spin the engine over with the spark plugs in the plug boots. Lay the plugs on a unpainted metal part of the engine. As the engine spins the plug should be sparking. If the spark looks weak or both plugs are wet and black the plugs may need to be replaced. NGK spark plugs should be used because they work very well for two stroke engines. If one spark plug isn’t sparking the ignition coil may be bad. Refer to the ignition coil story to learn how to check a coil. If both plugs are good but are still wet you may have a carburetion problem.

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Small Engine Troubleshooting

Category: Small Engine Repair


Small engines are very touchy with their tuning. EPA regulations have made small engines run much leaner than they have had to in the past. This will make the engines run cleaner and be more fuel efficient, but generally don’t run as well. Also if the carburetor has any build up in it the engine will be too lean and will surge. To compound the problem most new carburetors are non adjustable due to EPA regulations. Most small engine carbs have a high speed and low speed circuit to control the fuel. When you hear an lawn related engine surging it is almost always lean. If the engine is older, the carb screws on it’s side may be adjustable. You need to locate the main circuit or high speed screw that usually has the letter H along side it. This screw is a fuel control screw that will have a spring under it. As you turn the screw out it delivers more fuel to the engine. Don’t turn the screw more than 1/8 of a turn at a time then wait a few minutes before changing again. The engine should smooth out and the setting should stay there.

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