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Troubleshooting a small engine
« on: August 25, 2019, 06:12:39 PM »
I was able to score a tow behind tiller on Craigslist for a great price. These are $1500 new, I got it used for $150.  But there's a couple of problems with it.

First is that the lever to lift/lower the tines wasn't working.  A $7 part and a cotter pin fixed this problem.

Next I changed the oil and topped off the transmission oil.  I also changed the spark plug and air filter.

But more importantly is that I can't get it to start.  It has a Briggs & Stratton Intek 900 engine on it, so fairly standard small engine.  I've never really done anything with small engines, so I'm not sure how to troubleshoot it.  I put in gas, pulled the cord and it won't start.  I sprayed in some starter fluid, but it doesn't sound like it's trying to start at all.

So, for the small engine neophyte, how do I troubleshoot this?  What would you do next to get this started?