Gaskets Keep Your Lawn & Garden Equipment Working Hard
While it may seem that a lawn mower should be a simple piece of equipment to repair, today’s lawn and garden equipment has much of the same complexity as cars and commercial equipment. Needless to say, when your lawn mower or tractor breaks down, it can be an inconvenience that can cause you frustration and hours of trying to figure out how to solve the problem.
One problem that is common is the deterioration of gaskets within the engine. How do you know if you have an issue with the gaskets in your lawn and garden equipment? Here are some signs:
• You find oil leaking on your garage floor. Gaskets that are in good condition help to maintain oil pressure in the engine, guaranteeing that compression levels are normal. As your lawn mower ages, the gaskets that have been exposed to high temperatures and chemicals may break down and leak. If you find that you have oil leaking from around the head gasket, it may be that the head gasket itself has been damaged. While there are liquid sealants on the market, these will only work temporarily.
• Your lawn equipment is lacking in power. Are you trying to get your chores done and your equipment seems to be moving in slow motion? If that is the case, then your lawn tractor may need attention paid to the seals and gaskets. The best way to determine if there is a problem is to perform a compression test, which will test the internal combustion pressure of the engine. Normally operating combustion runs at 60 pounds per square inch.
• You have low compression. If the compression test shows that your lawn equipment engine does not have enough pressure, then you may have an issue with your head gasket. A head gasket is designed to create a vacuum seal between the cylinder and the engine block. When gasoline enters the chamber, the resulting reaction powers the cylinders. Without the sealing ability of the head gasket, there is not enough compression to push the cylinders and drive the mower.
As you can see, keeping your lawn mower and equipment in working order means that you need high functioning gaskets. For more information on custom gaskets and gasket technology, contact Gasko today!