Starting a Garden Tiller in the Spring

BSGENM_500Often times, people find themselves struggling to start their tiller in the spring.

There are a few reasons why you may be facing this challenge. Below I’ll explain some ways to possibly identify and and correct this problem.

First, make sure that your throttle is in the “Start” position. If it is in the “Start” position, and still wont start, try replacing your paper filter and cleaning and oiling your foam filter. Your foam filter can be cleaned with soap and water, dried, then squeezed with fresh oil and reinserted.

If you’re still having troubles, inspect the spark plug for corrosion. If you suspect your spark plug may not be functioning properly, replace it with a new one. To do so, remove the wire and loosen the spark plug with a socket wrench. Look for oxidization and discoloring. It’s okay if there’s a light tan coloring, but any darker colors or discoloring in the gap area of the plug are indications that the spark plug needs to be replaced.

If you’re replacing your garden tiller‘s spark plug, be sure to replace it with a plug that’s recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to also set the gap according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

If all else fails, try using a fuel treatment and stabilizer or emptying and replacing the gasoline in your tiller. Old gasoline can create gum and varnish, making starting and operation more difficult.

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