Higher Education

Small Engine Technology, 2nd Edition

  • William Schuster Washtenaw Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0827376995  |  ISBN-13: 9780827376991
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1993
  • © 1999 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.50



The second edition of this text expands and updates its already thorough coverage of the operation, maintenance and repair of small, air-cooled gas engines. It features new chapters on failure analysis, and starter systems, as well as a rewrite of the electrical chapter to include feedback systems and fuel injection. An expansion of the carburation chapter includes new carburetors including carb 1 carburetors. This text is now accompanied by a comprehensive competency-based workbook.

Features and Benefits

  • failure analysis and troubleshooting chapters encourage problem-solving

Table of Contents

Safety, Measurement, Tools. Air-cooled Engine Technology Basics. Fuel and Lubrication Systems. Carburetors. Ignition Systems. Governor Systems. Starting Systems. Engine Disassembly. Engine Assembly. Engine Maintenance. Trouble Shooting. Failure Analysis.

What's New

  • a new chapter on starter systems is included
  • electricity and electronics chapters have been expanded so they are easier to understand
  • a new comprehensive competency-based workbook is included

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William Schuster

Bill Schuster owned and operated a small engine repair service from 1975 to 1985. He was an authorized dealer for Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, Kohler, and Homelite engines. He began teaching small engine repair courses in 1975 for Brighton, Michigan community education and for Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1980. He has attended factory service schools including those sponsored by Briggs & Stratton, Honda, Tecumseh, Kohler, Kawasaki, OMC, Kubota, and Homelite. Bill is certified by Briggs & Stratton as a Master Service Technician. He is also certified by the State of Michigan as a motorcycle mechanic. A close association with OPE Technicians Certification, Austin, Texas, has provided him with the opportunity to serve on the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) testing committees. He has been involved with the Two-Stroke Engine Testing, Four-Stroke Engine Testing, Diesel Engine Testing, and Electrical Systems Testing Committees as a member of each. He has also authored the study guides for each of these certification test areas. Bill has also authored a textbook titled Small Engine Technology 2nd edition, (Thomson Delmar Learning, 1999) that is being used in many states and provinces in North America. It is also the recommended resource to study for the certification tests. Bill has been teaching for thirty four years and his education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wayne State University and a Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. Bill has a commercial pilot rating and is a FAA Certified Flight Instructor‑Airplane.