How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Curtis B. Your Own Question
Curtis B.
Curtis B., Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 28628
Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
Type Your Small Engine Question Here...
Curtis B. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a Troy Bilt, Tecumseh engine, that starts but won't

Customer Question

Hi, I have a Troy Bilt wood chipper, Tecumseh engine, that starts but won't run. Dies almost immediately. I use ether engine starter to get it to start (always have had to), but regardless of throttle / choke setting, cranks and dies. Any suggestions short of taking to a dealer? Thanks,
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: Yes, I have fuel. To the best of my knowledge, fuel is clean (I use stabilizer) Not sure about the "shut-off valve"; where is it located? My manual is missing.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Well . . . I could, I suppose. I'm not a tech, but if it is something reasonable simple I might be able to pull it off
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Not to my (limited) knowledge.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! I don't know it all, but maybe together we can get you a satisfactory answer!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.

Check for fuel flow to the carburetor from the fule tank, this will require removing the fuel line at the carburetor. If there is fuel to the carburetor, then the carburetor is not letting the fuel through.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do I need to dissemble anything to access the fuel line?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.

The float and needle valve may be stuck, or the passage from the inlet fitting to the needle valve may have debris in it. A good carburetor disassembly and cleaning may be in order. Or a new carburetor!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.

You should be able to get to the fuel line, maybe the air cleaner may need to be removed.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Okay, thanks. I'll give it a try.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.


Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.

I see question is still open, did you find problem?