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Need manual for eckman tiller GT5312 cannot start it having trouble with recoil starter, remove spark plug and it's easy to turn over put spark plug back in hard to start

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Pulled starter rope, it's now stuck and won't recoil

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It's definitely do-it-yourself in that no special tools or skills are required, but it can be a little tricky. You can see that the the recoil starter is in an assembly which is spot welded onto a metal cover. You have to remove the entire metal cover that includes the recoil starter. There may be 6 to 10 screws to remove to do that. When you get it off you will see a plastic spool that holds the cord. This spool is probably held in place by a couple of metal tabs that are bent down. Bend those tabs up with pliers. Underneath the spool is a spiral spring that provides the recoil. Take careful note of how this all goes together. Buy a new cord (available by the foot at a hardware store) and wrap it around the plastic spool. Use a piece of tape to hold the end of the new cord above the spool so you can thread it through the hole in the metal housing later. Put the spring and the spool in place, then wind the spool to put tension on the spring - about 5 turns in the direction that would push the string out through the hole. Once you have the spring "wound up" remove the tape and thread the end of the cord through the hole. Now bend those metal tabs back down. Put the handle on the cord end (or tie a knot) to keep the spring from pulling the end of the cord back through the hole. Reassemble the rest and you are in business.

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I am having trouble starting my Craftsman 5 HP tiller. It is about 25 years old, but it only gets used about 1 hour/ year. It almost starts, but doesn't. Would a dirty air filter or old oil cause this...

The carburetor jets could have gotten dirty or gummed up enough not to let the fuel flow any longer, depending on how well you winterize it between seasons. You could try some starter fluid, but you might be better off having someone put a new return spring in the winder and rebuild the carb.
Of course the air filter would like to be clean, as well.
But I should think that's not what's keeping it from starting. If you hadn't been washed thoroughly for 25 years, how would you feel about getting up in the morning?

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Hello . First thing is remove the starter rope and check to see if the flywheel turn by hand . If turn by hand you have a bad recoil starter , if does not turn by hand the piston is seized . Remove the spark plug and put 2 or 3 drops of oil (2stroke mixing oil) on the spark plug hole and try to turn it again by hand . If still does not turn you have to replace the piston and maybe the cylinder .
Hope this help

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Tiller is locked up.


There is also the point that the fuel which was left in the tank, has filled the cylinder up.

What you need to do, is to take the spark plug out, cover the hole is an old cloth, and then pull gently on the starter cord. If it is well and truly flooded this will get rid of most of the petrol, If this is what's happened, I'd leave it overnight, with its spark plug out, and then refill the tank with some fresh fuel [plus 2 stroke oil] and replace the spark plug and try again.

On the other hand, if the motor still won't turn with the spark plug out, you've got real problems, as it suggests that parts have seized up, and will need to be freed off before the motor will run.

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First check the oil and make sure that ti is full. Then remove the spark plug wire and spark plug, then take the recoil cover off and with a socket to fit the flywheel bolt and a breaker bar, try to rotate the engine by hand. Also while you are trying to rotate the engine have someone take and spray some penetrating fluid like seafoam (you can get seafoam from some auto parts stores) don't spray to much, just enough to coat the cylinder wall, and a wooden dowel that just fits in the spark plug hole and log enough to hold onto while inside the head tap on the dowel with a hammer to try to free it up. If it frees up spray a little more seafoam into the cylinder then put the recoil cover back on and pull it over a few times to lube the cylinder wall. If it does not turn the I recommend bringing it to a reputable repair shop. They may be able to free it up or if it is real bad they may be able to help you get a used or new motor for it. Hope it works for you.

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