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Old 07-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #1
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Troy Bilt TB130 won't get up to speed (sometimes)


I bought a mower last fall (Troy-Bilt TB130), and it ran fine the few times I used it then. When I broke it back out this spring, it was having problems starting up properly– the mower would start, but the engine seemed like it wouldn't completely catch (quieter and dies if I try to push it in longer grass), and was running at a much lower level. It's done this off-and-on for the past 4 months, and once it catches and gets up to speed it's fine. It doesn't always do this, and most of the time after several tries I can get it to start properly. I've changed the oil, used new gas, and changed the air filter. Any ideas on what could be wrong? Thanks!
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Ayuh,.... Sounds like there's crud in the tank, 'n carb,....

Pull the carb, take it apart, 'n Clean it,....
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+1 on it being a fuel problem. Also check to make sure the choke is operating properly.
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So do I need to clean out the fuel tank, or just the carburetor? And is it usual to have to do something like this after having a lawnmower for less than a year? And what can I do in the future to avoid having to do this again?
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Possibly both but perhaps do the tank first -it's easier. The carb will take more care since it has a lot of tiny passages. You could have crud in the jet and/or fuel passage, float bowl, etc. Many new small engine carbs don't have much in the way of adjustments. You might want to check the Internet or avail yourself of a small engine repair manual that covers whatever engine Troy-Bilt uses.

It is unusual for it to crud up after one year but today's gasoline seems to be less stable. Make sure you are using fresh fuel. There is always a debate re ethanol vs. non-ethanol fuel but, either way, it has to be fresh. Did you leave last year's fuel in it over the winter? If so, did you add a fuel stabilizer? Old fuel that has had it's more volatile compounds evaporated away can end up with something that looks like shellac floating in the fuel, as well having water precipitate out of it and actually form liquid water in the tank, bowl, etc.
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Thanks for the response. I actually was already using a fuel stabilizer before winter, then ran the lawn mower until it was out of gas– this is part of the reason why it was so frustrating and confusing as to why the lawnmower was acting strange in the spring.

I have the engine manual for the lawnmower– I'll take a look in there and see what it says about cleaning the fuel line/carb. Fingers crossed!
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