Generator Maintenance Tools
Keeping your kit covered makes a huge difference to the life of your machinery.
This heavy duty water proof over is made from polyester. It's available in various sizes and allows the easy handle access without removing the cover. This is a storage cover, not a running cover.
Take it from a mechanic with years of experience, this cover will save you money. Picture links to Amazon.com
Before we can do anything, we'll need tools. I've selected this set as I own some Craftsman tools and while I have broken them, they did do a lot of work. So I expect this set will last the occasional user quite a long time.
This set carries both metric and standard sockets and that's important, because some machines will have both type of fastener sizes. Picture links to Amazon.com
fueling system tools
A fueling system fault, hands down is one of the most common generator faults. The reasons are simple, carburetors are small and block up with crap easily.
The second reason, people (including me) forget to use a fuel stabilizer before storing the generator. (Keeps gas fresh).
Anyway, here’s a list of the tools you’ll find really helpful if your troubleshooting your fueling system.
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Stabil Fuel stabilizer
Fuel line clamp
Mechanix Anti-Vibe Gloves
Constant vibration can damage the nerves in your hands, It's known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and it's not repairable. Mowers as you know create a lot of vibration which is transmitted through your hands.
I wear Mechanix gloves in the workshop when using air tools, they're made with thermoplastic padding material that absorbs and dissipates vibration. Picture links to Amazon.com
Ignition system tools
If you’re reading this section, you might have a more serious problem. But it doesn’t mean you can’t fix it. Small engines are really simple, they need 3 things:
- Gas/air mix
This tool will test compression, that in turn will help you identify common issues like head gasket failure, sticking valves or worn/broken piston rings.
Modern engines use a compression release valve which help them start. Trouble is, a compression release valve will give you incorrect compression test readings.
So if your engine was made in last 15 years or so, you’ll need the leak-down tester.
It allows you accurately measure pressure loss in the cylinder (you’ll need access to compressed air). But more importantly, it allows you listen for the tell tale leaking of air.
- Air from the dipstick indicates a broken or worn rings.
- Air leaking from exhaust/muffler suggests a exhaust valve issue.
- Air leaking from carburetor suggests an intake valve fault.
- Air from the cylinder head suggests a head gasket fault.
This is a compression tester, it's fitted in the plug hole using the adaptor. The engine is cranked over and a reading of how much compression the cylinder makes is captured on the gauge.
A low reading can be caused by a simple fault such as a sticking valve. Picture links to Amazon.com