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Engine dies when tines are turned on and start to dig

There doesnt seem to be any thing in the careruator and the tiller runs fine until i try to till with it then it die almost immediatly. I was wondering if it could be out of oil in the chain drive and what kind of oil to use

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SOURCE: Craftsman tiller engine dies when I try to engage tines

tilt the back of the tiller up and check for a rock or stick wedged in between the tines and the shield

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Tiller tines will not turn. Engine runs fine...

Well hopefully it's not the transmission, as sometimes these tend to go. Another common but cheaper repair are the two bearings where the tines connect to the unit.

MORE THAN LIKELY.. The bearing is located above the worm gear housing, the part connected to the tines beneath the guard. This removal can be somewhat frustrating but if you remove it and remove the engine flange you'll be able to manually spin the drive shaft and see if it's the worm gear housing/lower bearings or if it's the more likely bearing on the clutch drum or the clutch itself.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010

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