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Vintage Troy-Bilt Horse tiller problems

Posted by travellingman (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 23, 10 at 16:20

Hi everyone,

I have an old Troy-Bilt Horse with a Clinton side valve engine that I want to overhaul. (It fires up quite easily but then stalls before I can get to the throttle to drive it.) I'm having a hard time finding parts. Several websites claim to have Cinton parts and they even show pictures, but when I contacted them they each claimed that they couldn't get Clinton parts. MTD have told me that my engine is a 4 1/2 hp 498 series engine. But that is all the info they have. If anyone out there knows more about these engines and/or where to find parts I'd like to know. Failing that, if anyone knows which more recent engine would fit, I might go that route. Thanks.

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RE: Vintage Troy-Bilt Horse tiller problems

sounds like a fuel issue, can you keep the engine running by spraying carb cleaner down the throat?

RE: Vintage Troy-Bilt Horse tiller problems

It might be that the float in the carburetor is stuck. This can happen if stored with fuel in it. Sometimes tapping it is enough to free it. You could also put a few drops of carb cleaner down the fuel inlet -- the idea would be to dissolve the 'varnish' that might have formed around the fuel inlet valve -- really a small pin held against the fuel inlet by the carburetor float.

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