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Hi ya got a old ish tiller in for repair, it is a ISEKI AC40 problem is hard to start & when it starts it will only run for about 10 seconds, so far checked plug which has a good spark, compression ok, stripped & cleaned carb (mikuni) now spotless & filters all fuel lines, tank/cap, Gravity feed I think it could be flooding abit haven't got float setting or screw on side setting, so I'am a bit lost any idea's please.

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From your description we will assume it is flooding. If you suspect float problem, check float level, holding the carb upside down the float should be parallel to carb body when needle seat is closed. On metal floats this is accomplished by bending the tab that rides on the needle, units with plastic floats you may have to replace it. Also remove float and shake it, should not be any gas in the float, this will make it flood. Also set carb adjustment screw at 1.5 turns out, may need a little tweek from there.

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I have a Gilson rear tine tiller Model 51114 is there a way to repair the transmission, or used transmission avaliable

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