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5 hp Briggs and stratton wont run on a MTD tiller.

I got a MTD tiller with an unknown history. It appears to be in good shape, but it won't run. I sprayed starting fluid in the carburator and it would run then it would stop. I also put a little bit of gas in the carburator and it would run for about 30 seconds or less then it would stop. It has gas in it (maybe old) in the tank. I bought this tiller at a yard sale and don't know anything about it other then it has be sitting for a long time in a garage. Will I need to rebuild the craburator and if so, how do I know what rebuild kit to get?
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David

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  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    Same problem, Mine runs as long as starting fluid is sprayed in the breather... then it dies.

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I had the same problem a few years back. Check the rubber elbow coming from the gas tank to the carb, it's probably cracked and sucking air instead of fuel from the tank.

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WHAT I FIND WITH THIS AND ALL OF GAS POWERED TOOLS IS THE GAS GOES BAD CAUSING THE JETS AND NEEDLE VALVES AND FLOATS(if any) TO LOCK UP OR BE BLOCKED . CARB. CLEANER IT THE FIRST TRY IF THAT DON'T DO IT I TAKE APART THE CARB AND CLEAN IT. PUTTING FUEL STABELIZER IS A MUST FOR ANY GAS SITTING FOR LONGER THAN 3 MONTHS AS THE OCTANE GOES DOWN TO AN UNUSABLE GRADE. REGARDS, PAUL

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