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I have a graden tiller and there is oil leaking into the air filter, also it's not getting spark to the spark plug

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SOURCE: My tiller won't stay running

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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SOURCE: Troy-Bilt Pony Tiller runs terrible with blue smoke

When you say there is an oil fill on both sides of the tiller. If you are referring to the engine, then yes it does have two oil holes one on each side that requires the use of Briggs & Stratton SAE 30 oil. If you have filled this up until it's ready to overflow, then you have put too much oil in there. It should only be filled to the mark on the dip stick and no higher. If you did put more in to bring it up above the mark, then that would explain the reason for the blue and white smoke. It's trying to run and give you the power and you have given it too much oil to handle and therefore, causes the sump to dump the rest of the oil up the vent tube to the carburetor and in turn it will **** it back in and try to burn it. Hence, the fouling on the plugs. If this is not the case then you have an issue with piston rings or maybe even the cylinder walls. This motor has 3 rings. The top ring and the second ring are compression rings which aid in easier starts. The last ring is the oil ring which keeps oil from getting pass the other two rings. If that ring is worn you'll have to have a complete new set replaced. Also, if you find this to be true, have a dealer check your cylinder for possible out of round. Hope this doesn't scare you. But with all my years fixing these things, most of the problem is related to the customer and their lack of knowledge about the units.

Now if your referring to the gear box which you may be referring to as a transmission. This unit does not take trans fluid. This unit requires a special lube, more like a gear lube. Contact your nearest Briggs dealer and he will be able to inform you exactly as to what you need. Or contact Troy Bilt dealer, that'll even be better.

Good luck. Hope this clearify things for you.

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SOURCE: Mantis tiller 2 cycle will not accelerate. idles

I would pull the tines off of the transmission. You probably have some debris wrapped around the transmission drive shaft(s).
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SOURCE: Can't start my Troy Built Tuffy tiller

First pull your spark plug out reconnect to the plug wire and ground tot he engine body
Pull the starter cord and see if you have a good clean spark that goes to the electrode and not to the side of the spark plug.
If no spark check your off/on switch

Posted on Mar 31, 2010

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SOURCE: Old (1981)Troy Prof. 8hp tiller runs 30 sec. and stops.

i have a 8 hp troy bilt i bought used it had been sitting about 3 yrs now it wont start. its not getting gas to the plug it is getting gas to the carb any suggestions.

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Mantis tiller won't start

Flush out old gas. Check/clean spark plug. Oil filled? Try spraying starter fluid in carb. Carb should not have any oil in it. Change air filter.

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Hello I checked the spark plug and cleaned the carb on my 5hp engine on my roto tiller. It still wouldn't run. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Hi Marin:
Did you check the plug for a hot blue spark?
Did you drain the carb to make sure there are no contaminates?
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Clean air filter?
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Try a squirt of gas into the carb to prime it.

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Won't start,charged oil,cleaned spark plug and air filter.has gas.

If your tiller has sat for any length of time it may have stale gas and the spark plug may need replacing (not just cleaning). Always make sure all wiring and or connections are clean. You can check for spark by removing spark plug, insert it back into spark plug wiring, using a WOOD clothes pin to hold the wire, hold spark end of spark plug (holding the clothes pin only) on metal casing on machine, pull starter cord and check for spark. If you don't use a non conductive instrument such as the clothes pin you will get a nasty shock. If you have no spark it is time to change the plug. Always put your safety first! Hope this helps! Have a great day! If this doesn't work perhaps you will need more information.

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Engine wont start. Changed plug; mixed new gas/oil combination. No start!

if you have a spark at the plug try cleaning the air filter, could be just dirty

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Can't start my Troy Built Tuffy tiller. I haven't used it for a year, but it started fine last season. I replaced the spark plug, changed the oil and air filter and filled it with fresh gas. When I pull...

First pull your spark plug out reconnect to the plug wire and ground tot he engine body
Pull the starter cord and see if you have a good clean spark that goes to the electrode and not to the side of the spark plug.
If no spark check your off/on switch

Mar 31, 2010 | Troy Bilt, Tuffy, Rear - Tine Tiller, 4.0...

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Will not get to working speed


-Drain all fuel from the fuel tank.
-Remove and REPLACE with a NEW spark plug.
-Remove and RELPACE with a NEW Air filter.
-With spark plug and air filter removed and fuel drained pull the starting cord many times 12 or so to ensure there is no fuel in the chamber and also check for a spark at the plug.
-RE-MIX WITH NEW FUEL your 2 cycle oil to the correct ratio in a clean fuel can. it is OK to dump some in the fuel tank slosh around and dump out in an approved container for disposal.
-Hold off on putting back on the air filter until you have had it running

Hope this tip helps.


Jan 19, 2010 | Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller

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Tiller has sat in weater for a year. I changed the spark plug, and found there was water or gas in the oil (lots of it) i drained the oil and put in fresh but now it wont even start. what is my problem or...

You need a few things for a combustion engine to work. Firstly you are going to need to know a little about engines and how they work.
Fuel - try draining the tank and putting fresh fuel in it - fues does go stale. This will include fuel in the carburetor so that needs drained too. There was liquid, assuming water in the oil, perhaps it is in the fuel too.
Fire - do you get a spark to the spark plug? Pull the plug out and see if you get spark when trying to start - remember the earth of the spark plug needs to be touching the grounded metal such as the engine or frame. Perhaps the electricals have been water damaged.
Air - clean out the air filter and surrounds.
You have already drained the oil and replaced it - good start.
Maybe something has corroded since it has been in the weather for so long.
If it still does not want to start, try pulling out the plug & trying to start - is anything spitting out the spark plug hole? If so, what?
Once that is clean and clear and it still doesn't start but you have spark, try putting a bit of fuel carefully in the plug hole, say half a tablespoon.
How does that go?

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my 17 in dual tine tiller fouls up the air filter with oil and the spark plug. The prefilter, I can't tell if I put it in backwards or not. Also, the manual says to "fill the oil reservoir almost to overflowing." I don't believe that was right, because I am not sure if that is the reason oil is entering the filter box or not, but I am not going to do that again. I don't know how much oil to add, but it certainly won't be to overflow level. I am going to reverse the prefilter(screen/foam) in the filter chamber and pray that the oil does not foul up the spark plug and filter chamber again. Does anyone agree or disagree?

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