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How do you compress piston ring in Mantis tiller to re-install

Is there a "shade-tree mechanic" trick to compress the piston ring so the piston can be inserted in the cylinder? Commercial compessor tools seem to be too large to fit in space available. Would a hose clamp work? My tiller is an SV-5C/2.

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I make one with tin snips and a tin can or sheet metal from an air duct. Make sure you have the ring with the right side "UP", the beveled edge (if there is one) goes up or toward the head.

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One reason that I have seen for no compression on a 2-cycle engine like the Mantis is severe scarring of the piston, rings and/or cylinder. This can be caused by not mixing the fuel with the proper amount of 2-cycle oil. The engine will normally run for a while but eventually it will die and not start again. If you have a compression tester, I would use it to test your compression. If it is lower than around 120, you may have this problem. You can remove the muffler and looking into the exhaust port with a flashlight to see if you have scratches going up and down the length of your piston. If you do then you are looking at a sizeable expense of replacing the short block. If you can do it yourself, you might be able to do it for less than $100 but if you have to have a dealer repair it, it might cost more than the tiller is worth.

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New mantis worked perfectly last season. Stored it for the winter. Tried to start it this spring. Pull cord is frozen up. Can't pull it out.


First, call Mantis and get their advice. It may be covered under warranty (I believe it comes with a 2 year warranty). If not under warranty remove the spark plug and try to pull the starter rope. If you can pull it out squirt a little 2-cycle oil in to the spark plug hole and pull it out several times before reinstalling the plug. Then try to start it again. If you can't pull it out after removing the plug try removing the engine cowl that contains the starter rope and see if you can pull it out then. If you can't then there is something wrong with the starter rope mechanism. Try some oil or Liquid Wrench on the spring to see if you can free it up. If you can then the piston may be seized. Again, squirt a little oil ni the spark plug hole. Take a ratchet wrench and socket to put on the crankshaft nut. Try to turn it. Do not apply to much force. I would send it back to Mantis for repair or replacement unless you are mechanically proficient enought to take the engine apart. If you have been using the correct fuel/oil mixture this should not happen.

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you are getting compression into crankcase, there is a crankcase vent that goes to the intake just behind were the carburetor mounts on the engine this is were the oil is getting into the carburetor, it is doing this because you have a hole or crack in the piston or broken piston rings, the engine will have to be rebuilt or replaced.

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I have a mantis 2 cycle tiller. it starts and runs for a minute then shuts off.


do a fuel system overhaul...but always w a 2 stroke pull the muffler and inspect the piston and cylinder if its not scored and you feel good compresion most likley its your fuel system. if it is scored it gets metal to metal and the hot metals expand.

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Hi Arch--
Sounds like the engine is not getting any fuel. You may need to remove and then clean out the carburetor. While it is all apart I would check that the float isn't broken or cracked. Carefully spray some compressed air through the carburetor jets and ports, as this will help you verify that all those tiny channels are open.
--Hope this helps.

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It is leaking air into the intake somewhere or
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Older Mantis 2 cycle must be choked to run


look on the side of the carb for 2 small adjusting screws they will be almost touching( they will have springs on the threaded part of the scews) the heads will be small 3/16 " open these counterclockwise, this allows more fuel in. The one closest to the engine is for the idle mixture the other is for high speed , tilling speed. 1/2 to 1 turn may help, good luck . try PER small engine tecnical forum online

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