DIY tiller repair

Tillers make it easier to turn the soil and incorporate soil amendments. If the wheels or tires on your rear-tine or front-tine tiller won't turn, or the engine runs rough or won't start, use Sears PartsDirect's symptom troubleshooting tips below and our DIY repair guides for expert advice and step-by-step instructions.

Learn the difference between front- and rear-tine tillers and find outhow to take good care of your tiller in our articles and videos. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your tiller, search for your model number.

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Symptoms common to all tillers

Choose a symptom to see related tiller repairs.

Main causes: leaky engine head gasket, damaged sump gasket, damaged oil drain plug seal, loose or cracked fuel line, leaky carburetor seal
Main causes: broken shaft clevis pins, transmission failure
Main causes: carburetor failure, bad gasoline, dirty spark plug, broken recoil starter
Main causes: clutch cable problems, faulty transmission
Main causes: dirty carburetor, engine needs tune up, stale gas
Main causes: worn or broken drive belts, bad transmission, clutch cable problems
Main causes: damaged tines, broken clevis pins, worn drive belt, faulty transmission, clutch cable problems, improper depth-stake setting

Repair guides common to all tillers

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

May 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a tiller recoil starter

The recoil starter spins the engine 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

Articles and videos common to all tillers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your tiller.

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.

November 1, 2015

Tiller common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

These frequently asked questions might help you figure out what's wrong with your garden tiller.