Kawasaki Small Engine Carburetor Adjustments

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Kawasaki engines are found on many types of recreational vehicles, such as an ATV or a snowmobile. When the engine is not idling correctly, you need to make slight adjustments to the carburetor. The adjustments need to be done while the engine is running to verify that you're obtaining the desired results. To do this you will first need to find the location of the carburetor in your particular engine.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

Low-Speed Idle

  • Start the engine at let is run between 3 and 5 minutes. Turn off the engine and then release the clips for the hood. Lift the hood up or open the access panel for the engine and locate the carburetor.

  • Find the low-speed adjustment screw that is on the left side of the carburetor. Adjust the screw ¼ a turn clockwise with the screwdriver. A groove for the screwdriver is on the top of the adjustment screw.

  • Start the engine and then turn the adjustment screw ½ a turn counterclockwise or until the engine starts to run smoothly.

High-Speed Idle

  • Turn off the engine and find the high-speed adjustment screw that is on the top of the carburetor. Turn the screw ¼ a turn clockwise with the screwdriver.

  • Set the recreational vehicle on a cinder block, or other stand to raise the tires or snowmobile tread off of the ground. Start the engine again and press the throttle on the handle.

  • Run the engine between 3 and 5 minutes. Turn the engine off and turn the adjustment screw ½ a turn counterclockwise.

  • Start the engine again and increase the throttle. Listen to the sound of the engine and adjust the high-speed idle screws in ¼ of a turn incriminates, as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drive the ATV or snowmobile for a short distance if you cannot leave it stationary.

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