Simple problems with engine could be helped easily - don't need a lot of tools to teach the class - bring community together. People would leave with a sense of "This isn't so bad, this is easy to do, maybe bring neighbors and kids with me next time."
Who would come?
- Parents & older children
- Teenagers who express an interest in small engines
Classroom session (Could last up to 1 hour, or be shortened as needed) Could also have a beginner and advanced sessions if the content grows too large.
- Introduction - who am I?
- What will be covered, what's in it for you, what you've gotten yourself into.
- Brief history of the gasoline engine?
- The three things every engine needs
- The two engine types
- Compression, sparks & fuel checks
- Ignition basics
- Carburetor basics
- Notes on reformulated gasoline
- Safety & cautions
Optional hands-on session - opportunity to repair your own engine (possibly hosted on a following day to allow for more time)
- Clean and Identify the engine parts
- Do the three basic checks
- Ignition diagnosis (if needed)
- Carburetor cleaning (if needed)
- Testing and adjustments
What tools and equipment are needed?
- Workbench(s) depending on size of class for hands-on portion
- Socket set
- Compressed air
- Ventilated area to run the engines
- Parts washer
- Wash-up sink w/industrial hand cleaner
- Motor oil / 2-cycle oil
- Fuel line (various sizes)
- Safe storage for flammable fuel or alternative to storing fuel on-site
- Disposal for old fuel / oil / solvents