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When you bring your machine in for repair, it’s a confidence booster to be able to describe in detail what the problem is. Likewise, when your machine shop calls you to describe the problem and the fix (and the cost), it’s nice to know what they’re talking about. Here are some small engine terms to add to your vocabulary for your next small engine or (general knowledge trivia) needs!

Typical small engine parts:

  • Auger – the blade(s) on a snow blower that break up the snow so it can go into the chute.
  • Carburetor – mixes just the right amount of air and fuel to send into the motor.
  • Choke – restricts the amount of air that gets in with the fuel. Useful when you start the engine cold, but not needed shortly thereafter, (and if it is, you should call Cambridge Small Motors).
  • Chute – the stack on the snow blower that snow flies out of.
  • Crankshaft – turns the motion of the motor into the motion that your tool needs to do its job, like a spinning lawnmower blade.
  • Piston – a piece that, at the most basic explanation, enables perpetual motion within the motor.
  • Primer bulb – a rubber button you push on the outside of your machine to suck gas from the fuel tank and release it into the motor to get things ready to spark.
  • Spark plug – when engaged, allows the combustible materials in the engine to spark and get things moving.
  • Starter – works to physically make the motor components move.
  • Throttle – controls the amount of fuel that goes into the engine. Throttle up for more power, throttle down to slow or stop.

Small Engine PartsHandy terms and phrases:

Peak performance is when your machine runs to the best of its capabilities. This refers to the output, like mowing the lawn or heaving snow, but also minimal wear and tear internally. It’s why you use fresh gas, change the oil, and keep everything clean. When you take good care of your machines they run at peak performance for a long, long time.

Seized parts are parts that usually move, either automatically or manually, that don’t anymore.

Coffee is used in reference to the fuel that keeps your neighbourhood shop staff fueled to field your questions and fix your machine! Paired often with donuts.

No matter how you phrase it, Cambridge Small Motors is here for you, with whatever vocabulary you comfortably recognize. Our staff will take the time to ensure that you understand what’s going on with your machine, and why a component needs to be fixed, as well as the pros and cons of a fix, a replacement, or brand new, and anything else we can think of to be sure you feel confident in leaving your tools in our hands. Ask us all the questions you need, we love to chat! Come on down to the shop at 25 Milling Road unit 3 in Cambridge, Ontario or call ahead at 519-220-1700.

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Tuesday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday, Sunday & Monday Closed

3-25 Milling Road Cambridge

N3C 1C3

Office: (519) 220-1700
Fax: (519) 220 1722


About Cambridge Small Motors

Local boy Josh Kinsie started Cambridge Small Motors with the idea that customer care should be as renowned as the repair. A mechanic by trade with vast knowledge of all things motors, Josh has as much fun greeting customers as he does getting his hands dirty in the shop. Whether you’re looking for something new or Old Reliable needs a tune-up, come see us for some good old-fashioned customer service.

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