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Tecumseh engine troubleshooting

What are some troubleshooting tips for a Tecumseh engine that will not start?

Here are the steps you run through when your Tecumseh engine does not start.

  1. Is there enough fresh gasoline?
    Remberber...your generator uses UNLEADED fuel only.

  2. Is the fuel valve on?
    Be sure to turn it all the way on.

  3. Is the ignition switch in the "on" position?

  4. Is there enough oil in the engine?
    Is it filled to the "FULL" mark on the dipstick?

  5. Is the low oil shutdown switch activated?
    Air can get trapped in the switch during oil filling, rocking the generator from side to side corrects this situation.

If you are still unable to start your engine you will have to contact a Tecumseh authorized service dealer.

Please read and abide by any applicable Safety Information contained in your engine Operator's Manual. The material provided above is not intended to replace work performed by a Briggs & Stratton Authorized Dealer. Terms and Conditions apply to all of the information presented on this website. Always be sure to completely read and understand your engine Operator's Manual.

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