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09-06-04, 06:35 PM   #1  
Engine hunting

Could someone please list the causes for engine hunting? This seems to be a real problem that I see a lot of. But aren't there multiple causes. Hit and miss cures can be very time consuming.

 
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09-07-04, 09:31 AM   #2  
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It is hard to state a common cause for so many different engine types but I can tell you some that I have ran accross and read of in manuals.
Usually I find the fuel/air mixture is not set correctly.(A lean mixture can be a cause) On carbs that are adjustable, the factory recomended setting is a starting point and usually will have it close enuff but each engine is a bit different and each will usually have a sweet spot just off the initial setting. Surging at low speeds can be solved alot of the time by simply increasing the idle speed. A number of things can effect fuel/air mixture, leaks or blockage be it to air or fuel.
Another common cause I have seen is the linkage and springs for the carb/govenor either being installed incorrectly(some just modified during the installation most likely due to incorrect installation procedure, hence a need to bend or modify)
The govenor is the component that is responsible for maintaining a constant RPM as the load on the engine changes, however at least in my findings, the govenor itself is usually not the problem.
Page 26 of this manual http://www.cpdonline.com/692509.pdf gives some theory and checks for govenor suspected problems. It is for Tecumseh but the theory can be applied to most other small engines as well with similar govenors.

 
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09-07-04, 03:10 PM   #3  
What application is the engine on?

 
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09-07-04, 05:07 PM   #4  
Posted By: puey61 What application is the engine on?
It's off of a sears walk/behind lawn mower with an engine no. of 143.996004 which crosses to a LEV 115 tecumseh. It has a governer that I've never ran into before. The governor seems to be "pushed " onto the governor shaft and held in position by spring steel. It has the governor lever held by a screw off to the side. The part that's pushed onto the shaft seems loose. It's really hard to tell because the shaft doesn't turn much.

 
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09-08-04, 12:10 AM   #5  
Hunting is alost always caused by a lean fuel ratio (partially clogged or misadjusted carb or air leak).


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