Where can I get my paramotor serviced?
updated April 28, 2021
Having a paramotor that does not run can be *VERY* frustrating. What is the best thing to do?
The information on these pages may be overwhelming for some at first. Take the time to learn how to do your own service and repair. Major overhauls and the expensive tools they require are rarely needed. If you have modest skills with using a wrench, there is hope. All engines need fuel, a spark, and mechanical integrity to run and all problems are always one or more of these three. Most paramotor engines are the closest to a chainsaw or 2 stroke motorcycle engine with a simple (now obsolete) chainsaw carburetor. The vast majority of problems with paramotor engines are fuel related.
To get started, browse the Internet for videos on how to change and gap a spark plug in a small engine or how to use a torque wrench and a digital caliper. Getting to understand diaphragm carburetors is important. Here is a good introduction from Zama on how they work. Browse this site for information in areas where you think you need some help. Pilots will save a great amount of $$$ by doing their own work but only if they master some basic skills. It all takes time.
If you cannot service your own paramotor or do not have the time, the best shops to get service for paramotors are chainsaw, dirt bike, or go-kart shops. They are all familiar with diaphragm carburetors like the Walbro. Motorcycle shops rarely service engines that are carbureted. If the shop has an old-timer mechanic, he will know how to service a diaphragm carburetor. Nonetheless, shops will need access to this site for specifications. It is best to stay away from lawnmower shops as they are as likely to fix things as to make a bad situation worse. They know next to nothing about diaphragm carburetors.
Unfortunately, most paramotor dealers know little more than their customers (us pilots). Even some of the U.S. distributors would be unable to rebuild the engines they sell or competently repair them. I have heard statements like this with my own ears, "Our engines are so good they don't even need an inline fuel filter!" Hopefully, your local dealer can tear down a paramotor, rebuild, or, at least, troubleshoot it.
If an engine needs to be shipped somewhere, please follow these instructions. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting engines for repairs at this time unless it is from an existing customer or student. We just do not have the time.