Engine service by Southwest Airsports
updated November 17, 2021
Estimates and labor are charged at $125/hour with a (1) hour minimum charge. The only exception is the flat-rate charge for rebuilding a carburetor ($65 + parts. Shipping and insurance both ways are not included.
We must completely disassemble paramotors (except splitting the case) if they are not in working condition or have some intermittent or unknown problem so we can test every part. Once the engine is repaired, it is given a flight test. The average cost to repair an engine that does not run is $1,200.
Occasionally, we receive engines that are trashed or in need of a complete overhaul, including a new crankshaft. The cost of a complete overhaul is about $750 less than buying a new engine. Why is this? It takes hours to disassemble, clean, and prep an engine for all new insides. This is something the factory does not have to do. However, when we finish, the engine is as good or better than a new engine.
2. Form to complete
If you want us to repair your equipment, download and complete this information worksheet and email it to email@example.com. Give as much information as possible! We will check the information and then give you permission to send us the equipment. Do NOT send us ANYTHING without getting our OK first. (We may be out of the country for 6 weeks.)
4. How to pack and ship equipment
Clean up the engine/part(s) before shipping to us unless you wish to pay us to clean things up.
a.) Parts (other than an engine) – Make sure you pack things so that the box could survive a 2' drop.
b.) Engines ONLY – If you are sending ONLY an engine (not the entire paramotor), purchase a heavy duty plastic tote that is available from Lowes for about $15 (item #44066 27-gallon black tote with standard snap Lid). If you are unable to pack an engine, take it to a local household moving company. They can take care of everything, including insurance.
Do not detach the muffler from the engine. It is shock-mounted and helps protect the engine from damage.
On ALL engines: Detach the throttle from the carburetor, remove the spark plug, remove the air box/cleaner including the filter attached to the carburetor, if there is one.
The engine must be TIGHTLY PACKED using 1" hard foam (best), layers of cardboard (better), or old carpet or padding (adds to the weight) so that it *CANNOT* move inside the shipping container. A fuel tank may be used as padding if it is protected from puncture damage from a screw or sharp edge.
The packed equipment should be able to survive a drop of 2' from any position.
How a paramotor should be oriented for shipping in a tote. the exhaust system is attached, the spark plug is removed, the air box is removed (the carb is attached), throttle is detached from carb, and the redrive is towards the bottom of the box.
The "down side" of the paramotor is shown. Cardboard and/or foam protects the redrive from shock. A long, stiff piece of foam is attached to the muffler to protect it. Before putting the engine in the tote, put 4-6 layers of cardboard on the bottom of the tote to help protect the padded redrive and exhaust.
The motor put in the tote. Stretch wrap was used to help hold the protective cardboard/foam covering the redrive in place.
Bubble wrap or foam should be used to firmly cushion the ends of engine. A few layers of cardboard was put on the starter side of the engine. It sticks out of the tote and will be folded down and over the that side of the engine.
Bubble wrap is placed on top of the engine and on the opposite side to protect the cylinder and cooling shroud.
The tall pieces of cardboard are folded down over the bubble wrap that was put in earlier. Cardboard and bubble wrap are light and will lower the cost of the shipping the engine.
Secure the lid with nylon zip ties.
If we get an engine not shipped in a tote nor in its original box (in good condition), we will buy one and add the cost it to the invoice.
c.) Entire paramotors – If you have the original box that the paramotor was shipped in (and it is in good condition), use it. These instructions are helpful in how to ship a complete paramotor (frame, harness, cage). The carburetor and starter are the more fragile parts of the engine and must be adequately padded. The spark plug, throttle cable, and air box must be removed. UPS and FEDEX shipping centers *DO NOT KNOW HOW* to ship a paramotor. If you cannot ship and pack an entire paramotor, take it to a local household moving company and pay them to ship it to us.
5. Who to ship it with and to where?
Send via UPS or FEDEX ground INSURED to the address on the contact us page. Air freight costs more but there is much less chance that the equipment will be damaged. If you have to use a moving company, they will have their own way of getting your paramotor to us.
Once repairs are completed an invoice will be created and sent. You may pay it via check sent to our address. If you prefer to use PayPal, add 3% to the total invoice amount.
If we are servicing a complete paramotor, it will flight tested at sea level. If you are at a different altitude, you must adjust your carburetor accordingly. Humidity, temperature, and altitude all affect how the engine runs so all pilots must be familiar with how to adjust the carburetor on their engines. This web site has detailed instructions. You are responsible for reassembling your paramotor and adjusting the carburetor correctly. This website has all of the info needed. Southwest Airsports cannot give advice or help over the phone, whether paid or free.