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Experience:  I have 25+ years of experience repairing 2 & 4 cycle engines
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My problem is ran my tiller with no oil and the 5 hp and S

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Hi my problem is ran my tiller with no oil and the 5 hp B and S mortar is sized up
JA: What's the make and model of the tiller? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: The model NO. Is.###-##-#### On the tiller the mortar model is 135202. And. The. Purchase date is 10-25-1994
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Yes I do
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I don't know what I am doing its my fathers tiller he is the one that sized got up he is 92 so I am trying to safe him a buck if I can
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Is your motor totally seized?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I think the rope will not move at all my father said it died he started it and it ran for a short time and died and the rope would not move any more I took the oil cap off and stuck my finger in it and ti came out with no oil in it
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Thank you for this additional information.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Are you still there
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Due to the age of your engine, it will be sort of expensive to repair your engine correctly.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Have you considered a new engine?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
That's why I am talking to you
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

I am here to help.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Did you notice any smoke coming from your engine prior to it seizing?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Can't I free up the engine and see if it will run my father is92. His gardening days are close to being done
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
He didn't say he saw any smoke
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

There is something you can try.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Are you familiar with a product called Marvel Mystery Oil?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

I will attach an image of it for you.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok we're can I get it at
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

I suggest that you purchase a bottle at your local Walmart.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

After you get a bottle, remove the spark plug from your engine. Pour about 4 oz. directly into your spark plug hole.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok what's next
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Allow the oil to soak overnight.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do I put the spark plug back in
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Remove the rope pulley housing from your engine, so that you will have access to your flywheel.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Yes, put your spark plug back in, but do not tighten it.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I can do that
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

After soaking, rock your flywheel back and forth in small increments.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Eventually your engine may free up and spin. Make sure you have fresh oil in your engine before trying this.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

You may have to put a socket on your flywheel nut, to turn your flywheel.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do I put a lot of pressure on it are go kinda easy
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Go kinda easy, and take your time. You will get more leverage when you turn your flywheel directly, rather than pulling your rope.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Should I drank any oil that is in their
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

If your engine frees up, I would drain the oil afterwards, and refill will new oil. Initially just make sure your oil is at the correct level.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

When you are attempting to turn your flywheel, remove your spark plug.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Keep in mind, this sometimes works, and sometimes it does not. However, it is very well worth a try.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
How will I know if it worked
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

You will know this worked, if your engine frees up.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
When I try and start it
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

If you engine starts up, you will see a lot of smoke. The smoke will eventually cease,

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok well I am off to Walmart thank for you help
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.