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Old 03-02-2009, 06:35 PM
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Why is my garden tiller's engine surging? Fast, slow etc...

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old gas?
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Naw, fresh as newly fallen snow in March.
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What the hell are you trying to do with a garden tiller in Delaware during a snowstorm?? ;? ;? ;?

Had the same problem with a 5HP tiller; carb was gummed up. Cleaned the carb, put in fresh gas, ran like new.
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yeah...but was there any sittin' in the carbs before you filled 'er up?
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Admiral wanted it done ASAP - so I tilled it Saturday morning. (before the snow)

Yes, old gas sat in the tank all year... I am ashamed.
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Originally Posted by dpowell View Post
Admiral wanted it done ASAP - so I tilled it Saturday morning. (before the snow)

Yes, old gas sat in the tank all year... I am ashamed.
Nothing to be ashamed of-it's obvious that the Admiral pushed you into doing it before you were able to complete your carefully planned preparations.
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don't be ashamed. we've all been there dude.

i couldn't get my snowblower running this morning to save my arse...same problem as yours i'm sure.
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Check to see if the governor has a spring attached to it. If the spring is stretched out the engine will surge then slow down. My snow blower was doing the same thing and I just replaced the spring on the goveernor and that seemed to have helped ot.
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My guess it a weak or corrupted diaphram in the carb. $3.00, a straight screwdriver and ten minutes should cure the problem.
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TECUMSAH engine?

If it is adjust the small needle valve screw located at the bottom of the carb bowl.
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Tecumseh engines are real finicky. Governor possible but I have seen these surge conditions with all makes of small engines from 1- carb - usually gummed-up or such, 2 head gaskets. Points very unlikely if it starts well.

Good Luck - let us know what you find - remember simple stuff first - change gas, filters, plug, etc.

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