BEFORE OPERATION CHECKS
IS YOUR ENGINE READY TO GO?
For your safety, and to maximize the service life of your
equipment, it is very important to take a few moments before you
operate the engine to check its condition. Be sure to take care of
any problem you find, or have your servicing dealer correct it,
before you operate the engine.
Improperly maintaining this engine, or failure to
correct a problem before operation, can cause a
malfunction in which you can be seriously hurt or
Always perform a pre-operation inspection before
each operation, and correct any problem.
Before beginning your pre-operation checks, be sure the engine is
level and the engine switch is in the OFF position.
Always check the following items before you start the engine:
Check the General Condition of the Engine
Look around and underneath the engine for signs of oil or
Remove any excessive dirt or debris, especially around the
muffler and recoil starter.
Look for signs of damage.
Check that all shields and covers are in place, and all nuts, bolts,
and screws are tightened.
Check the Engine
Check the fuel level. Starting with a full tank will help to
eliminate or reduce operating interruptions for refueling.
Check the engine oil level (see page
with a low oil level can cause engine damage.
Check the air filter element (see page
element will restrict air flow to the carburetor, reducing engine
Check the equipment powered by this engine.
Review the instructions provided with the equipment powered
by this engine for any precautions and procedures that should
be followed before engine startup.
). Running the engine
). A dirty air filter
SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS
Before operating the engine for the first time, please review the
SAFETY INFORMATION section on page and the BEFORE
OPERATION CHECKS .
For your safety, do not operate the engine in an enclosed area
such as a garage. Your engine's exhaust contains poisonous
carbon monoxide gas that can collect rapidly in an enclosed
area and cause illness or death.
Exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas
that can build up to dangerous levels in closed areas.
Breathing carbon monoxide can cause
unconsciousness or death.
Never run the engine in a closed, or even partly
closed area where people may be present.
Review the instructions provided with the equipment powered by
this engine for any safety precautions that should be observed
with engine startup, shutdown or operation.
STARTING THE ENGINE
If the fuel tank is equipped with a valve, be sure the fuel valve
and fuel filler cap vent are in the OPEN or ON position before
attempting to start the engine. For specific instructions on fuel
valve and fuel filler cap vent operation, refer to the instructions
provided with the equipment powered by this engine.
To start a cold engine, move the choke lever to the CLOSED
To restart a warm engine, leave the choke lever in the OPEN
Move the throttle lever to the MIN. position. The throttle lever is
mounted on the equipment powered by this engine. Refer to the
instructions provided with that equipment for information about
your specific throttle control.
(on the equipment)