How to Replace a Log Splitter Carburetor



This DIY repair guide gives instructions on how to replace a log splitter carburetor. The carburetor mixes air and fuel into a combustible mixture that ignites in the cylinder to power the engine. If the engine won’t start and the tank is full of fresh fuel, remove the air filter and pour about a teaspoon of fuel into the carburetor. If the engine starts and then quickly dies when you pull the starter rope, or if gas pours out of the carburetor, the problem is most likely the carburetor. Replace the carburetor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow the steps in this repair guide to replace carburetor on Craftsman and MTD log splitters.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Carburetor

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wrench set
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Gas can (to hold fuel drained from the fuel tank)
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Move the log splitter to a well-ventilated area to complete this repair.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Disconnect the spark plug wire

Disconnect the spark plug wire so there's no chance that the log splitter engine could accidentally start.

Step 2: Drain the fuel tank

Release the spring clamp that secures the fuel supply line to the fuel tank.

Disconnect the fuel supply line from the fuel tank and drain the fuel from the fuel tank into an approved container.

Step 3: Remove the air filter cover and air filter

Press the release tab on the air filter cover and lift the cover off of the engine.

Pull the air filter straight up and off the top of the silencer plate.

 Tip: Clean the filter’s foam element if it’s dirty, following the directions in the owner's manual. Replace the filter elements if damaged.

Step 4: Remove the silencer plate

Remove the two Phillips head screws securing the silencer plate to the top of the carburetor and remove the silencer plate.

Step 5: Remove the carburetor

Remove the two 10mm cap nuts that secure the air cleaner housing and the carburetor to the carburetor mounting studs.

Remove the 10mm mounting bolt from the top of the air cleaner housing.

Disconnect the vent hose from the valve cover.

Pull the air cleaner housing off of the carburetor.

Note the configuration of the carburetor throttle linkage and governor spring before removing them.

Manually pivot the throttle to align the slot at the top of the throttle with the throttle linkage rod. Pull the throttle linkage rod up out of the slot on the top of the throttle. 

Disconnect the governor spring from the throttle on the carburetor.

Pull the carburetor off of the carburetor mounting studs.

Release the spring clamp that secures the fuel supply line to the carburetor and pull the fuel supply line off the carburetor. 

Step 6: Install the new carburetor

Connect the fuel supply line to the new carburetor and secure the fuel supply line with the spring clamp.

Clean gasket residue off the side of the engine so that the new carburetor gasket can seal properly.

Position the new carburetor gasket on the mounting studs against the side of the engine.

Slide the new carburetor onto the mounting studs and push the carburetor against the engine.

Reconnect the governor spring and the throttle linkage on the carburetor throttle.

Position the gasket plate on the mounting studs and slide the gasket plate against the carburetor body.

Reinstall the air cleaner housing on the mounting studs and connect the vent hose on the valve cover. 

Reinstall the 10mm cap nuts on the ends of the mounting studs and tighten the cap nuts firmly.

Reinstall the 10mm mounting bolt on the top of the air cleaner housing and tighten the mounting bolt firmly.

Step 7: Reinstall the silencer plate

Reinstall the silencer plate on the top of the carburetor and secure the silencer plate with the screws.

Step 8: Reinstall the air filter and cover

Push the air filter into place on top of the silencer plate.

Reinstall the air filter cover.

Step 9: Reconnect the fuel line to the gas tank

Reconnect the fuel supply line to the gas tank and secure it with the spring clamp.

Step 10: Fill gas tank with fuel

Fill the gas tank with fuel and check for leaks.

Step 11: Reconnect the spark plug wire

Connect the spark plug wire and test engine operation.