Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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ing it over, but not starting it. If you can do this with little to no resistance, it's an indication of a compres - sion problem, and the engine should be taken to a repair shop. If the unit has a battery, the terminals need to be clean and free of corrosion so there are good con - nections. If they need to be cleaned, wear gloves to disconnect the cables and remove the battery. Use a stiff wire bristle brush to remove any residue. If the unit has a fuse, also check to make sure it hasn't burned out. If your engine still doesn't start, it's time to visit the repair shop. On the other hand, if your engine starts but op - erates with less power than normal, there's still more you can do yourself. Make sure the air flter is clean and unobstructed. If the fuel has a distinct odor, sim - ilar to varnish, it's likely stale and could have caused residue buildup that plugged the carburetor. If so, you'll need to replace the fuel and clean the carbure - tor. Typically, you can use carburetor cleaner found at most automotive stores. Any time issues arise, it's a good idea to go to the manufacturer's website; many of them offer how-to videos on troubleshooting common issues. But what's even more critical than troubleshoot - ing is heading off those unexpected problems with regular maintenance. Keep it going Before every startup, inspect the unit for damage, make sure fuids are clean and that they are at the appropriate levels. Keep your eyes, ears and nose open when oper - ating power equipment. Excessive vibration or noise could indicate loose fasteners or other serious prob - lems with the engine, and strong smells could be a sign of a potentially hazardous leak. If you sense something is out of the ordinary, stop the machine immediately and allow it to cool. Place it on a fat, level surface in a well-ventilated area and inspect it thoroughly. It's also important to regularly change the oil to prevent corrosion. Periodically inspect the air flter and fasteners that could have loosened during use. Engines that remain stationary during operation, like those found in generators, must be placed in a well-ventilated area far from doors and vents with the exhaust facing away from walls. This prevents the en - gine from overheating and reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It's also a good idea to close the windows and doors of nearby structures when the en - gine is running to keep out fumes. That's a wrap Most equipment is not operated year-round, so it's vital to prepare the engine for long-term storage. 50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Ensure all wires are intact and in good condition.

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