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5 often-overlooked engine maintenance tips

02/05/2014 @ 10:30am

When maintaining equipment, often the most simple of additional steps yields the greatest return. The following are five often-overlooked – but crucial – maintenance procedures from the Engine Answerman's must-do list. By taking a few extra minutes now, you'll increase your machine's longevity, make it more reliable in the field, and save you time in the shop making unnecessary repairs.


1. A quick way to determine if a positive or negative cable is responsible for a no-crank condition is to bypass it with a jumper cable. No tools are needed to set this up. Just go from the respective terminal to the appropriate location either on ground or to the starter or solenoid. Shown is a ground cable being bypassed. If the engine cranks, you know the cable or connection is bad.  

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