How Do I Fix a Surging Engine Video (Lawn mowers, tillers, pressure washers etc.)



How to repair an engine carburetor that surges, hunts, or waffles. Includes Honda lawnmowers, pressure washers, generators, etc
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How Do I Fix a Surging Engine Video (Lawn mowers, tillers, pressure washers etc.)

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32 thoughts on “How Do I Fix a Surging Engine Video (Lawn mowers, tillers, pressure washers etc.)

  1. Very good video! One thing that I do when I do this is: before I remove the idle screw, I gently turn it in until it stops turning (counting the turns). Then when I reinstall it I have a good idea of where to set it to get the engine running again.

  2. Thanks again Steve. I have a Briggs and Stratton that surges. Can you make a vid on how to fix that? I went out and bought a wire drill…you should be getting a commission! Thank You from America.

  3. Acetylene Torch Tip Cleaner Set , works pretty good to they are stainless steel An are lil drill bits – have used them for Decades on Carb Repair

  4. I bought a Toro recycler with the Kohler engine last year. It has been surging while idling for awhile now. I didn't want to take it in to where I bought it. It's a good hour away. I found this site a few weeks ago. I did clean the jet yesterday. It runs fantastic again. It took me 1/2 hour to do it. Saved me a couple hours driving. I am liking your videos. Thank you! I didn't have the most appropriate wire small enough this time so I used copper wire from lamp cord. It's soft being copper but it worked for me.

  5. If my 10 y o pressure washer gun is not spraying it will kill the engine, I need to hold open the gun to start the engine, whats up with that, it has a filter washer in the supply hose fitting. I have used my welding tip cleaner to ream the main jets on many engines, no drill chips.

  6. If you don't have the tool he's speaking of, you can burn off the plastic on a bread bag tie and use the wire. I have about a hundred of them in my junk drawer, can't throw them out.

  7. So what about B&S engines? Every one I've ever owned surged a lot more than your pressure, washer as if you were manually gunning the throttle.

  8. Would this work on an engine that idles faster and faster for no apparent reason? I can’t figure out why it creeps after it warms up…

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