Common cultivator problems
- Engine runs rough after winter—If you're facing difficulties with your cultivator after winter, then it could be the fuel. You’ll want to empty the tank and refill it to fix operation. To avoid this issue, try adding fuel stabilizer before storing the cultivator for winter.
- Wheels won’t turn—It’s a good idea to check your clutch cable if your wheels won’t turn. See if the cable adds enough tension to move the pulley that's operating the wheels. To fix this, try adjusting the cable.
- Engine is leaking—When the engine is leaking, it could be a sign of a loose plug. Tighten the oil plug to stop the leakage.
- Cultivator won’t start—If the cultivator won’t start, try checking that the ignition switch is set to ON. It’s also important to make sure the transmission is in neutral and all attachments are disengaged before starting up.
- Engine starts and stops—An inconsistently running engine could be due to a dirty air filter. You’ll want to remove the filter and clean it thoroughly to continue use.
Five critical cultivator parts
If simple troubleshooting isn't effective, then you may need a replacement part. There are some critical parts to a cultivator that might malfunction.
- Carburetor—A carburetor is used to mix air and fuel to power the engine. If fuel is left in an engine for too long, it may cause the carburetor to clog. If the carburetor is too caked with old fuel, then it will need to be replaced.
- Fuel cap—The fuel cap can become clogged, decreasing air movement into the tank. When this happens, you may find your engine frequently stalls. You can test this by slightly opening the cap and seeing if the engine runs. You'll need to replace the cap if it does.
- Tines—When the tines of a cultivator aren't up to par, it can cause poor tilling. Check that they're not worn or damaged. If so, they'll need to be replaced.
- Spark plug—A defective spark plug can cause your engine to not run. You can use a spark plug tester to ensure its operating effectively. There should be a definite spark when starting the engine. If there's no spark, then there's damage, and the plug will need to be replaced.
- Tires—The tires are vital for moving the cultivator. If you notice they're flat, worn or damaged in any way, then you'll need to replace them to continue use.
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