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My tiller won't stay running

My tiller will start but will not stay running. Cleaned the spark plug and cleaned the air filter.

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    We have replaced spark plug and coil and cleaned upper portion of engine. We are now getting a spark, however tiller will not start.

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This is a two cycle with a walbro carb - probly need to remove carb to flush and put new diaphrams in

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How long has it been since you last used it? - drain the tank and try a fresh gas mix.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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