OIL ALERT SYSTEM (applicable types)
The Oil Alert system is designed to prevent engine damage
caused by an insufficient amount of oil in the crankcase. Before
the oil level in the crankcase can fall below a safe limit, the Oil
Alert system will automatically stop the engine (the engine
switch will remain in the ON position).
If the engine stops and will not restart, check the engine oil level
(see page ) before troubleshooting in other areas.
CIRCUIT PROTECTOR (applicable types)
The circuit protector protects the
battery charging circuit. A short
circuit, or a battery connected
with reverse polarity, will trip the
The green indicator inside the
circuit protector will pop out to
show that the circuit protector has
switched off. If this occurs,
determine the cause of the
problem, and correct it before
resetting the circuit protector.
Push the circuit protector button
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 preoperation inspection before
each operation, and correct any problem.
Before beginning your preoperation 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 (see page
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.
The Oil Alert system (applicable types) will automatically stop
the engine before the oil level falls below safe limits. However,
to avoid the inconvenience of an unexpected shutdown, always
check the engine oil level before startup.
Check the reduction case oil level on applicable types (see page
). Oil is essential to reduction case operation and long life.
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.
). Starting with a full tank will
). Running the engine
). A dirty air filter