can't start tiller

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I bought an old used tiller last spring and used it to put a garden in. It started fine. Now after sitting all winter it won't start. If I prime with a little gas it will fire up for a few seconds but quickly dies.....thoughts?
 

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best bet, take it to a shop, probably needs carb cleaned as well as gas dumped an replaced and as well could need the lines coming from tank going to carp cleaned.
 

WestTn Huntin man

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Fresh gas and a spray can of starter fluid. Take the air filter off give it a good spray.Give er a good yank or 2 let it run and smoke a little.You'll be good to go.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I got a can of motor medic instant start fluid at Lowe's, sprayed it in the carborator, and it started right up! Made starting the pressure sprayer easy to.
 

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WestTn Huntin'man said:
Starting Fluid a shoulders best friend.

Yep, I always use Starting Fluid as a test of the ignition. If that stuff don't let it start, then you definitely have no spark. If it starts and dies with Starting Fluid then you have a carburetor problem. If it's a carb that has a fuel pump of some sort that is likely the problem - dried out diaphram/weak pump spring/"varnish" build up on flapper valves.

Glad you were able to get it running with just the Starting Fluid. Just running a while will do wonders to clean out a carburetor.
 

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DONT USE ETHANOL!!!!
ITS SHELF LIFE IS ONLY ABOUT 45 DAYS AND IT IS AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER TO SMALL ENGINES.
Marathon, Q gas and phillips have non ethanol in the Hi test and you should only use it in small engines....including 4 wheelers and motorcycles which has a carburetor. Anything that has ever had ethanol in it in small engine will suffer carburetor problems. Sea Foam is the best cleaner to add to gas but you wont undo the damage once exposed to that crap. it destroys o rings.
 

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Drain the gas put non ethanal gas in it. Use some carb cleaner. And stay far far far away from ethonal gas with small engine's!!!!!!!! Does nothing but causes trouble.
 

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