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Specialty tool needed for Stihl muffler removal

I have a Stihl chainsaw MS 181 CB-E part number 1139-011-3012 and need to remove the muffler to check the spark arrestor. The bolts holding it on are either a proprietary or security head. Does anyone ...
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Snowblower auger spins easily and does not turn impeller

I live in the northeastern US which just got pummeled with 3+ feet of snow. I was out snowblowing all morning using my Cub Cadet and it did a great job. However when I turned it off and started gently ...
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Husqvarna chainsaw will not idle but runs just fine

I have a Husqvarna 435 (not e version) rancher and it's a great saw. This is semi-related to home improvement I do see other posts like this here. I have the spline tool and I can adjust the high ...
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Can I reuse lightly used oil when I change an oil filter? [closed]

I recently replaced the oil on my 4 stroke lawnmower engine, but - stupidly - I did not think to change the oil filter. I've used the engine for maybe 2-4 hours subsequently. I have now drained the ...
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Why is my Honda generator running rough, if at all?

Currently trying to diagnose the issue with my Honda Eu1000i Generator. New spark plug Changed oil Changed gas Cleaned entire carburetor Had the engine running rough for a while and haven't gotten ...
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Why wont the pull cord retract on my honda eu20i generator?

I had no issues with the pull cord recoil starter on my newly acquired used Honda eu20i. Suddenly the the pull cord stopped recoiling at all. I figured the spring had just broke but on removing ...
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How do I determine if a small engine cylinder needs to be replacing?

I use a chainsaw used for cutting firewood for home heating and recently bought a broken saw with hopes of repairing it as a backup. The saw had very low compression and upon starting would race at ...
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HELP: 4-stroke engine oil mixed with gas in 2 stroke engine

I accidentally poured Briggs and Stratton SAE 30, 4 stroke engine oil into my 2-stroke snow-blower (note: in the right gas-oil proportion of 40-1). It starts and runs well; however, it seems to be ...
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Winter Oil for 4-stroke Engine

I live in Chicago where the night-temperature averages in low 20-degrees-fahrenheit and last year’s (2019) record low went to 23-degrees below zero. To prepare for another (possible) year of low ...
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Murray mower with B&S 500e engine running strange

I got a Murray mower with a Briggs and Stratton 500e 5 HP engine from a friend. Not sure how long it may have been sitting, but I can start it first or second pull. After it starts, it runs slow, ...
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My John deere Riding mower isnt running at full speed

I have a John deere lx277 model and the other day it was running fine and I mowed the lawn no problem. I had the mower idling as I was weed trimming. The mower shut off. I out gas in it n i got it ...
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Lawn mower Dies once started

I have a lawn mower that dies about 5 seconds after It's started, I've removed the carb and cleaned the ports, I've also tested the coil and spark plug with a spark plug tester in between the coil and ...
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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

I was mowing the other day and there was a pipe sticking out of the ground. The pipe wasn't carrying any services, just a piece of metal sticking out of the ground (I've now removed it). The pipe was ...
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How can I use drain motor as aquarium motor?

I want to circulate water which falls from a tank that 2.5 meters up to the reservoir tank at the ground level. I know there are numerous pumps but I want to use a washing machine drain motor if it is ...
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Riding Lawn Mower running very loud

Can any DIYers tell me why my 2008 Troy Bilt Kohler engine would be running extremely loud and I mean loud, it does run constantly, but very very loud? What should I check? I did check the muffler ...
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Diagnosing faulty ignition coil on lawn tractor

Model: 13AM662F765 Engine Model: 283H07-0197-E1 I have an MTD lawn tractor, circa 2004, that hasn't been running quite right. The mower runs for about 10 minutes and suddenly stall. I would turn the ...
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Craftsman 917 Riding Lawnmower Not Starting

I have a Craftsman 917 series riding mower that I purchased last year. It ran fine for the first month or so but after that it was intermittently having issues starting. I noticed the connections on ...
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2 Cycle Blower Primer Bulb Not Filling

I have the Ryobi BP42 back pack blower and when I press the primer bulb it does not fill up with the gas/oil mix. I have checked the air filter (and yes it does look dirty), ordered a new one and ...
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Generator help confused [closed]

Hey anyone help left side of the pik is one generator Geting uneven voltages without switching the contactor on Think its the avr card But what really gets me is L1_E geting 2 v ? Thats with the ...
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What is causing my Craftsman push mower to run erratically and quit after a few minutes?

I purchased a craftsman push mower 2 years ago. It's be stored inside and been used on our personal lawn for 2 summers. A week ago it ran wonderfully, then it started running poorly. Eventually ...
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Why is my chainsaw stalling?

The last time I used my chainsaw, It kept stalling. I could not keep it running. I had just used a new batch of gasoline with two-stroke engine oil added. As this was the only difference from the ...
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Mower barely runs and has blue exhaust

I have a Cub Cadet 1529 which I recently maintained in several different ways. I changed the oil and filter a few weeks ago. I put 5W-30 in but had a really hard time telling if/when it was full ...
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Metal protectant for engine parts?

I had a lawn tractor engine freeze up, and I pulled the head to fix the problem. While I had it apart, I put several parts into my ultrasonic parts washer to try to remove the caked on dry grease. ...
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Weed Wacker Not Running Properly

I have a Remington weed wacker that is ~2 years old. It worked great for the first 2 or 3 months but then I could not get it to work properly. I have tried new gas, new plug, adjusting the idle on ...
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Is it worth replace the engine of an 11 year old fridge [closed]

I have an 11 years old fridge that stopped freezing/cooling. I asked for a quote to fix it. My consideration is if it's better to fix the engine or to buy a new one. I would like to know if in an 11 ...
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Oil Viscosity in Snowblower

Got a brand new snowblower. The manufacturer calls for 5w-30 oil but I do not have and can't get to the store before I need to use it. I have 10w-30 full synthetic and I have 5w-20 conventional. ...
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How many horsepower does a 159cc engine have? [closed]

This device has a "159cc Cub Cadet OHV Engine." Approximately how many horsepower would that have? I'm comparison-shopping and I'd like to know if this is more or less powerful than a Lawn Machines ...
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Why won't my weed whacker keep running?

I have a Husqvarna gas-powered weed whacker. Starting late last season, it tends to die when given full throttle. Now, it will start when on full choke or half choke, but once I put it in normal ...
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Is pre-mixed ethanol-free fuel better than mixing yourself?

I just invested in a very nice 2-cycle string trimmer and I want it to last. I have always used stabilizer in my fuel for my 4-cycle lawn mower. I know that ethanol attracts moisture and the ...
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Lawn Mower (probably) Electrical Problem

This is a ~2013 Troy Bilt Horse tractor. I need some advice on how to troubleshoot my mower starting. It cut out right when I was mowing, and had cut out intermittently for a few days before that. ...
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Yard Vac only runs on full choke

My Parents gave me a Craftsman Yard Vac (Model No. 247.770550) that they hadn't used in a few years. The tank had been empty, but mice had made a nest around the engine. I chased the mice away and ...
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Toro ready start lawn mower dead

Toro Personal Pace Recycler 22 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Briggs & Stratton Engine Model #: 104M02-0010-F1 Serial:1412305830813 Parts List: PDF Last worked one month ago. ...
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White Smoke coming out of Briggs and Stratton engine

The Issue: I recently purchased a 9 kilowatt generator running on a 17hp Briggs and Stratton engine which ran pretty well when I first bought it except for a little white smoke. I replaced the ...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

First off, this is NOT to be confused with the following question: What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine? 2 cycle oil is used for my weed eater. There is no way I could use a ...
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What are these parts!

I have a generator with a briggs and stratton engine which kept dying on me. While trying to find out why, my neighbor helped me disassemble the carburetor. Finally, a week later a part arrived and I ...
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How do I start a Troy Bilt Tiller without a key?

My friend has a Troy Bilt Econo-Horse tiller sitting in his garage from the previous homeowner. He’s never used it. It looks like it has a spot for a battery, but there is no battery and no key. Can ...
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What would cause a chainsaw to only start when trigger is pulled? [closed]

I have a ~1yo Husqvarna chainsaw. It used to start on the first pull. Now it will only start if I'm also pulling the "trigger" that is used to run the chain. If I prime it, pull the choke, and pull ...
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is my lawnmower beyond redemption?

My Toro walk-behind lawnmower is around 3years old, and I'm guilty of not having done any sort of maintenance to it. Never an oil change, never anything other than fill it and mow. I do drain fuel at ...
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Air in Weed Eater Gas Line?

My weed eater primer/gas line has more air in it than I think it should. It'll begin to start, but I don't think it's getting enough gas to keep going. What's the best way to get the extra air out?
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What could cause my Craftsman push mower to die after running for a few minutes?

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine?

So apparently at Home Depot in my area, pre-mixed 2 cycle fuel is in a grey bottle and 4 cycle is in a green bottle. And at Lowe's, it's exactly the opposite. The last time I bought fuel, I bought at ...
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What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?

My lawn mower was giving me the worst time tonight. The only way I could keep it running was to pull the choke back and the engine would start again. Finally, after 30 minutes of messing with it, the ...
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What type of tool is an "extension"?

According to this WikiHow article, one of tools needed to change a spark plug is "an extension." Is this a type of wrench?
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How do I get my small portable generator started?

My portable generator has been sitting for quite awhile. I drained out the old gas and refilled. Squirted carburetor cleaner. Spray starting fluid it starts as long as starting fluid is squirted. ...
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