How to Troubleshoot Troy-Bilt Weed Eaters

Written by josh nuttall
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

Most of the problems you will experience while using a Troy-Bilt weed eater are related to the fuel, the carburettor, the spark plug or the cutting-line reel or cutting attachment. Most of these issues can be corrected with basic troubleshooting and a few tools. Other issues require the assistance of an authorised service dealer.

Skill level:
Moderate

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Fresh, properly mixed fuel
  • Spark plug socket
  • Ratcheting wrench
  • New spark plug
  • New air filter
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Trimmer line
  • New air filter
  • New cutting head

Show MoreHide

Instructions

    Starting Problems

  1. 1

    Check to see if the fuel tank is empty.

  2. 2

    If the weed eater has fuel, completely depress the primer bulb three more times and attempt to start the unit again.

  3. 3

    Replace the fuel if it is old or improperly mixed. The fuel should be mixed using a 40-to-1 ratio, or 1 gal. of gasoline to 3.2 fluid ozs. of two-cycle engine oil (1 litre of gasoline to 25ml of two-cycle engine oil). Never add unmixed fuel to the tank.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the wire from the spark plug and remove it with a spark plug socket and a ratcheting wrench. Clean the spark plug and check the gap. The correct gap size is 0.02 inches. Reinstall the spark plug and reconnect the spark plug wire. If the spark plug shows signs of excessive wear, replace it with a new one.

  5. 5

    If the engine does not start correctly after completing this section, take the weed eater to an authorised Troy-Bilt dealer.

    Idling Problems

  1. 1

    Remove the air filter cover and clean the air filter. A clean air filter allows the correct air/fuel mixture to enter the engine. Replace the air filter if needed.

  2. 2

    Drain the fuel and add fresh fuel that has been mixed with the correct amount of two-cycle engine oil.

  3. 3

    Adjust the idle speed of the carburettor. Allow the engine to warm up at high speed for one minute. Place the weed eater on the ground. Release the throttle to let the engine idle. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the hole in the air filter cover. Turn the screwdriver clockwise 1/8 of a turn at a time until the engine idles evenly.

  4. 4

    If the engine does not idle correctly after completing this section, take the weed eater to an authorised Troy-Bilt dealer.

    Acceleration Problems

  1. 1

    Replace the fuel if it is old or improperly mixed. The fuel should be mixed using a 40-to-1 ratio, or 1 gal. of gasoline to 3.2 fluid ozs. of two-cycle engine oil (1 litre of gasoline to 25ml of two-cycle engine oil). Never add unmixed fuel to the tank.

  2. 2

    Turn off the weed eater. Remove any grass, weeds or other debris from the cutting attachment.

  3. 3

    Remove the air filter cover and clean the air filter. Replace the air filter if needed.

  4. 4

    If the engine does not accelerate correctly after completing this section, take the weed eater to an authorised Troy-Bilt dealer.

    Cutting Problems

  1. 1

    Turn off the weed eater. Remove any grass, weeds or other debris from the cutting attachment.

  2. 2

    With the weed eater off, remove the cutting-line reel and make sure it is filled with line. Replace the reel and start the engine again.

  3. 3

    Remove the cutting-line reel and rewind the line if it is bound up. Replace the reel and start the engine again.

  4. 4

    If the cutting head will not operate properly after completing this section, replace the cutting head with a new one.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.