How to Learn Small-Engine Repair

by Sam N. Austin; Updated September 26, 2017

The term "small engine" generally refers to gas-powered engines of 25 horsepower or less. Machines that use small engines include outdoor tools such as lawn mowers, wood chippers, gas-powered generators and power washers. Small-engine repair differs from regular engine repair work for automobiles in terms of the required training, tools and skills. You can learn small-engine repair from freely-available resources according to your preferred method of learning and on your own schedule.

Step 1

Watch tutorial videos. Tutorial videos show small-engine repair experts performing specific tasks on real engines to give you a step-by-step view of how it's done.

Step 2

Refer to the Small Engine Repair Reference Center. The Reference Center is a comprehensive, searchable database of small-engine repair information that you can access at no cost in most public libraries.

Step 3

Find step-by-step tutorials with photographs and illustrations for specific tasks on do-it-yourself websites. Articles cover topics such as small-engine troubleshooting and oil changes.

Step 4

Read free small-engine repair guides obtained from universities and colleges. These guides cover classroom-type information.

About the Author

Sam N. Austin began writing professionally in 1990, and has held executive and creative positions at Microsoft, Dell and numerous advertising agencies. Austin writes on health and well-being as well as linguistics and international travel, business, management and emerging technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Texas where he is a Master of Arts candidate in Romance linguistics.