Question about Troy Bilt 5.5hp Self Propelled Mower
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have just taken apart my Troy-Bilt Model 5521 so now I can see how all the bits fit together.
The electric starter is a separate device that engages with the cogs on the outside of the engine flywheel.
The cord pull engages the flywheel at the centre.
The fact that the cord pull starts the engine is a good thing.
If you dismantle the blower and take of the top cover (very annoying with many bolts all over the unit, take a look at the spare parts guide to see the exploded view) the starter it comes away with the power cord.
You can plug this in to the main supply and press the start button and you should see the small cogged teeth turning about 200 rpm. Keep your fingers clear.
I am guessing that this is not working at all. Either that or the cog wheel has shaved the teeth off or it is jammed.
This is a good do it yourself project for someone who doesn't mind getting their hands dirty.
It should take about 3 hours to take the unit apar and another 2 to put it back together.
Troy Bilt doesn't sell the starter motor or the engines (mine had an engine seize with a broken main bearing and a broken piston).
I suspect that the resellers don't have these parts either. But someone does.
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
You may want to check the gas cap to see if it clogged with dirt. If the gas cap is clear, you more than likely have a carburetor problem. If you need tips on carb. cleaning, feel free to ask.
Posted on May 30, 2009
Unless something catastrophic has happen internally, fuel and spark are about all you need. If you are sure of the fuel supply, pull the spark plug lead and let it arc to ground so you can check ignition health. You should have a bright blue spark visible. If you do, then pull the plug and replace it; the insulator may be cracked and robbing some of the high voltage. If it still doesn't start, you may have flooded it and when this happens to me, I make sure no spilled gasoline is present but I then pull the plug and use a charcoal or fireplace lighter and place it in front of the sparkplug hole. It should pop and help exhaust the excess fuel.
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
Troy, Unless you are using old fuel (it breaks down after 1 week) it sounds like you have a faulty spark plug. Replace this first, drain any old fuel and replace with fresh fuel (premium unleaded). A faulty plug will work one minute but then fail like you have described.
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
SOURCE: my troy bilt snow blower
I am guessing you did not run a gas stabilizer through the unit. Start the unit and run it while spraying carburetor cleaner in spurts into the carburetor. What has happened is that the small amount of gas has dried or what we call varnished causing internal parts to stick. If that fails, removed carb and disassemble and clean, reinstall.
Posted on Dec 13, 2010
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