How to Troubleshoot a Craftsman Mini Tiller

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How to Troubleshoot a Craftsman Mini Tiller
A mini tiller is suitable for turning the soil in your home garden. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Craftsman is a well-known brand of tools, automotive products and garden equipment. The Craftsman mini tiller is a gas-powered unit that is suitable for smaller lawns and gardens. A tiller uses rotating metal tines to churn up the soil and get it ready for planting. You can usually troubleshoot smaller performance problems with your tiller before taking it in to be serviced.

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Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Air filter
  • Fuel
  • Spark plug

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    Ensure that the tank is filled up with fuel and squeeze the primer bulb at least ten times if the tiller won't start. Hold down the trigger as you pull the start rope if you suspect the engine is flooded. Move the EZ Fire lever to the starting position if it is positioned incorrectly.

  2. 2

    Remove the air filter and clean it with warm, soapy water if the engine won't idle. Rinse it with clean water, squeeze out the water and let it air dry before replacing. Drain the fuel tank and refill it with fresh fuel as an alternate method.

  3. 3

    Clean out the air filter or replace it with a new one, and drain the fuel tank to refill it with new gas if the tiller won't accelerate when prompted.

  4. 4

    Replace the spark plug with a new one and add new fuel if the tiller stalls during use or seems to lack power. The new plug should have a 0.020-inch gap. Inspect the tines and clean out any caked-on dirt or grass before you continue. Contact the dealer if you think the carburettor needs adjusting, which will be evident by a rough, uneven idle in the engine.

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