DIY log splitter repair

If your log splitter isn't working, don't dig out the ax or maul. Whether your log splitter won't start or it's leaking fluid, Sears PartsDirect has the troubleshooting guidance to help you diagnose the problem—just click on one of the symptoms below to learn about the most common repair.

Once you figure out what the problem is, use our step-by-step repair guides to fix your log splitter. Our articles offer great advice for maintaining your log splitter so you get the best possible results from your equipment. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your log splitter, search for your model number.

Log Splitters

Symptoms common to all log splitters

Choose a symptom to see related log splitter repairs.

Main causes: broken pump coupler, clogged hydraulic fluid filter, bad hydraulic control valve, broken hydraulic pump, bad hydraulic cylinder
Main cause: worn hydraulic valve seals around the actuator rod
Main cause: worn hydraulic pump seals
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel, bad spark plug, broken recoil starter
Main cause: worn hydraulic cylinder seals
Main causes: dirty carburetor, bad spark plug, clogged air filter, stale fuel
Main causes: leaky head gasket, damaged sump gasket, leaky oil drain plug, damaged fuel line, bad carburetor seals

Repair guides common to all log splitters

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your log splitter.

March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter recoil starter

The recoil starter spins the engine on the log splitter when you pull the starter rope, and the rope retracts when released. If the recoil starter assembly is broken, follow the steps in this repair guide to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter carburetor

The carburetor mixes air and gas before the fuel mix goes to the engine. If the engine won't start and the spark plug is getting spark, the carburetor is likely the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter fuel line

The fuel line carries the fuel supply from the gas tank to the carburetor. If the fuel line is cracked and leaking, replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all log splitters

Use the advice and tips in these articles to get the most out of your log splitter.

December 28, 2018

Find the right carburetor kit for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

By Sears PartsDirect staff

This chart can help you find the right carburetor kit for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

December 28, 2018

Find the right carburetor assembly for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

By Sears PartsDirect staff

This chart will help you find the right carburetor for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

June 1, 2015

Log splitter common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn more about your log splitter with these frequently asked questions.