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I have a bolens tiller(5.5)hp runs good when very low on gas but runs very rough and sometimes dies when gas is in tank past one-tenth of tank

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is the fuel filter clogged? you may need to check the engine compression for bad valves or rings.if the compresion is off it wont get gas . check the fuel filter first though and keep me posted.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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Hmmmm.....it sounds like restricted fuel flow to me, but explain "rebuilt the carb" so I can get an idea on what you did.

Though it sounds right off like you whooped it good and got the basics.

Right off, go back through the "system", check the fuel flow, check that spark on the plug. Eyeball for any loose wires (E.G., Kill Switch, etc.) that are grounding (you never know!)

Stick to KISS on this one, since it ran before the carb got bad and got rebuilt, it will be one of those things you replaced, rebuilt, or changed. Sometimes, it is the SMALLEST thing......

Posted on May 28, 2009

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Look on top of the machine.If there is an oil fill then no you do not use mixed fuel if yes it needs engine oil,30 wt.If there is no engine oil fill then you use mixed oil and gas,at a 50:1 ratio.

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