Question about Tecumseh Horizontal Tiller Engine 8 Hp, 1" X 2 57/64" Shaft, Modelno. Hm80 - 155656x

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I have a yard machine snowblower that will not start

The recoil starter will not turn at all

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  • funari1 Dec 12, 2008

    The engine is seized, the rope only pulls out a short distance.

  • cump Jan 28, 2009

    my mtd snowblower ran fine for 1.5 hours. then my son used it for maybe 20 minutes. said the engine kept stalling out (but i believe that was due to the wrong gear selected. oil level is good.

    now when you pull the starter rope it acts as if it is locked, or a seized engine. my question is can the transmission lock out the engine?

  • Kenny W May 11, 2010

    Is the engine seized ? When you pull the rope, does it pull out a short distance and stop ? or does it pull all the way out but not engage to turn the engine over ?



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If the engine is infact seized, then it will have to be re-built or replaced. It was probably run with very low or no oil at all. You may be able to get a short block for your engine. All you would need to do is reuse your cylinder head, flywheel, carburetor, ignition modual, recoil houseing, fuel tank, governor linkages and controlls. The engine block and all internal parts would be replaced. It is far cheaper to just replace the engine rather than re-build it unless you are able to do it yourself and save the labour cost.

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