With respect to engine timing, Maxfield
Parrish's mowing machine has gone rogue.
In past days engines relied upon a mechanical device most referred to as
'points' to distribute electricity to ignite spark plugs. In the
smaller engines with more than one cylinder, 'points' could cause mental
breakdown. The newer engines have an electronic device that
distributes fire to spark plugs and this device cannot be
dismantled. The thing just sits there staring back in a manner that
I find far too smug.
people will say that this solid state electronic device rarely fails, so
more likely something else is causing engine malfunction.
Mental breakdown through 'points' I have
had experience of, but those bladders that pump inside carburetors belong to
heart surgery. Nervously I stare at it, because I know from bitter
experience that carburetors contain tiny things that require excellent
vision and good light. And I am tempted to imagine the entire carburetor as
a single solid state part, which needs to be replaced.
But this would be wimpy-ness of the
highest order. Because inside the carburetor there will be one failed
part that cost no more than a dollar fifty.
This is an old song, so there will be scalpel,
magnifying glass and note taking. And, just in case, there will be
hammers and bold faced lies.