Maintenance on 2-cycles

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Expert Lawns, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    What do you guys do to maintain your 2-cycle equipment? Cleaning the exhaust, filters etc........I noticed mine is now bogging down and having trouble starting.
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Replace plug/air filter/fuel filter. Remove/clean exhaust/screen/port. Clean carb. Remove debris from cooling fins.
  3. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Do you remove the screen and brush it good or do you blow torch it?
  4. mh1314

    mh1314 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 133

    Use some Seafoam additive that breaks up the carbon. I addd some to my gas cans about every other fillup. Cuts down on screen and exhaust port cleaning.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I used carb cleaner a lot
  6. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    does the filter need to be changed often?
  7. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Take out the exaust screen before you ever start it.
  8. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    KenH and Tiedeman, when you say clean the carb, are you referring to putting an additive in the fuel or taking the carb apart and cleaning it??
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Maybe I'm just lucky but I dont do anything except tear them down once per year and I've yet to have a problem with starting or runninthem. Maybe it helps a bit since they live in an enclosed trailer.We do run premium unleaded in all the 2 cycles...even with the gas price increases, we dont mind it since we dont use that much 2 cycle gas.
  10. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    I will also punch a small hole in the muffler.

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