When performing snow blower or lawn mower maintenance, you may find that the timing on your small engine is off, causing your outdoor power equipment to not function at full capacity.
Timing refers to the ignition and the process by which the spark plugs fire, creating a spark in the small engine combustion chamber. The spark should fire when the maximum air-fuel mixture is in the chamber, providing the most power for your fuel. The timing must be at the correct setting for your lawn mower or snow blower to perform at top level, affecting the speed and efficiency at which the engine fires.
It’s possible to adjust your engine’s timing with a timing light and a set of wrenches, tools available at any auto or lawn mower parts store.