Complete Service Center

Count on Us for Your Mower's Service

Chino Mower and Engine Service is a complete service center. We sell and service mowers and garden power equipment from top manufacturers like:
  • Honda
  • STIHL
  • Ariens
  • Snapper
  • Echo
  • eXMARK
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Tru-cut
  • Murray
  • Trimmer
  • Power-Trim
  • Tecumseh
  • Maruyama
  • Tanaka
If you don't see your machine listed, please feel free to give us a call to inquire.

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Estimate Policy and Fees

An evaluation fee of $26.00 or more (depending on the machine) is required at the time of drop off. We will do a complete estimate of your machine and call you with this total. If you decided to fix your machine the $26.00 estimate fee goes towards your bill.
Equipment that has been torn down for evaluation WILL NOT be reassembled unless a separate fee is paid. Estimate fees are not refundable.

Gasoline Basics

Gasoline is a product of refined crude oil. Gasoline is made up of hydrocarbons and carbon compounds. When these compounds react with oxygen, they release energy. The combustion reaction of gasoline produces byproducts which include water along with various pollutants.
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Preservatives

Gasoline is made of unstable organic compounds which deteriorate and change into other compounds over time. Oxygen is the main cause of gasoline deterioration. Refineries add oxygen inhibitors to the fuel to stabilize it for three months. However, it usually takes that long for the fuel to reach consumers.

Think of it this way: Would you drink milk that was 30 days old. Milk and gasoline are both organic compounds that change over time.

Many consumers may not own a sealed gas can or simply don’t put the cap back on after fueling. In fact, they may fill their gas can and let it sit for six months or more.

Current gasoline formulations have a limited shelf life when exposed to heat and air, and can deteriorate in as little as 3 to 4 weeks. The distributor's limited warranty does not cover fuel system damage or engine performance problems resulting from improper storage.

Good Fuel Preservatives Have Several Key Ingredients

  • Antioxidants which reduce the formation of varnish and stabilize the octane
  • Metal deactivator which neutralizes copper alloys that can otherwise form a gel and clog the fuel filter and carburetors
  • Rust inhibitors which reduce rust and corrosion of metal fuel system parts
  • Detergents which reduce the carbon buildup in the combustion chamber and keep the fuel system clean

Alcohol

Alcohol is an alternative to gasoline and can be used to improve the quality of low-grade fuel. Ethanol is the main type of alcohol that is added.

Alcohol is used because it is less polluting than petroleum-based fuels, producing lower overall emissions. Alcohol is also a renewable energy source.

Alcohol does have some undesirable effects. It acts as a solvent and counteracts the lubricating properties of two-cycle oils. Alcohol also attracts water and absorbs it. It can even destroy plastic, rubber, brass, and fiberglass.
The percentage of alcohol present in gasoline is posted on most fuel pumps. If you suspect high alcohol content, you can use a tester which you can buy from most automotive stores. Most engines are designed to run on fuel that meets the EPA standard of up to 10% ethanol. Honda, Kawasaki, Briggs, and Stratton and many other companies do not recommend using E-85 fuel in general purpose engines.

Outdoor Power Tool Extended Storage Tips

If you have to store your equipment for several months, here is some information that will help you get off to a fast start. If you plan to "mothball" your grass trimmer, brush cutter or leaf blower for a long period, say during the winter months, a few easy steps will help ensure that your equipment will be ready for action.
To get the equipment ready for storage, clean it first. The air filter and the cylinder fins can be cleaned by gently brushing with an old toothbrush. Remove and examine the spark plug for excessive carbon buildup. You may want to replace it once a year. Put two drops of two cycle oil into the cylinder and gently and slowly pull the starter cord to spread the oil on the inside of the cylinder. Replace the spark plug and carefully reconnect it to the ignition lead.

Remove the cutting tool on your trimmer, clean out all the debris (see your operating manual).

Examine the spark arresting screen. It's a small screen at the muffler exhaust that is usually fastened with a screw or clip. The screen must be cleaned with a wire brush or replaced with a new one.

The fuel tank should be emptied of fuel mix or filled with a fuel stabilizer. To drain, start the engine and run it at idle until the engine stops. It's important that the engine is running at idle speed only, so there will be no lack of lubrication when the fuel mix dries up. Don't operate the throttle.
For long-term storage, a dry and, if possible, dust- and frost-free place would be ideal. You can save space if you hang the equipment from its built-in hanger.

Fuel mix deteriorates and should not be kept over 30 days. If you need to dispose of fuel mix, please do so in a proper and responsible manner. (50:1 fuel mix can be used up in any gasoline engine without a catalytic converter, i.e. lawnmower, ATV or motorcycle) Remember that STIHL products use the same 50:1 fuel mix so the fuel you used for your trimmer will work in your blower or chainsaw, while your trimmer is in storage.

What Is Your 2-Cycle Oil Doing to Your Equipment?

After 500+ hours of use, some oils can cause a buildup of sludge in the crankcase and on the pistons. This buildup can result in the engine running poorly and in costly damage or failure. Stop by and speak to one of our service professionals about which oils are best for you.

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