Where can I get my paramotor serviced?
by Had Robinson
Having a paramotor that does not run can be *VERY* frustrating. All pilots, including yours truly, know this!
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. 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 and this site has a good introduction from Zama on how they work. Browse this site for information in areas where you think you need some help. Lastly, the Internet has an endless amount of essays and videos on how to accomplish the basic tasks for servicing small engines. Pilots will save a great amount of $$$ by doing their own work but only if they master some basic skills. It all takes time.
On the other hand, it is *EXPENSIVE* having us or some other competent shop repair an engine. The work may cost anywhere from $600 - $1,200 for the labor alone, depending on the motor and what is the problem. Shipping a paramotor to us costs $70+ one way. We routinely receive engines that have been damaged from repair attempts which further increases the expense. When we receive an engine, we have to tear it down and perform extensive troubleshooting procedures because we have no idea how many or how extensive the problems are. When we fix an engine, we also bench test it.
The best shops to get service for paramotors are usually *chain saw*, dirt bike, or go-kart shops as 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 or a float carburetor. All shops will need access to this site for specifications. Lawnmower shops usually know little about diaphragm carburetors and it is best to stay away from them.
It is my hope that all pilots will find these pages useful, especially our customers and students. If you still want us to help, contact us and prepare your engine for shipment with these instructions.