How to Troubleshoot a Tecumseh 13 HP Motor


Tecumseh makes small engines. Tecumseh's 13 horse power version is actually one of its larger models. When servicing any motor, the first step is always to read the manual. Improper use and poor (or infrequent) maintenance are the primary reasons why motors run into trouble. Take good care of your motor and it will take care of you. Never leave the motor outside exposed to the elements. If it is stored outdoors, keep it covered from rain and snow.

  • Read the manual. Make sure the engine is being operated in the correct fashion. Check to make sure the correct fuels and oil are used. Make sure the tank is full and the oil is fresh and at the right level.

  • Check the spark plug. If the engine does not start, this is the first place to look. If the spark plug is wet, replace it with a new spark plug or use a 670366 Tester to see if it is working. Check the air filter to make sure it is not clogged. Examine the exhaust ports. If they are clogged, clean them out. Check the carburetor to make sure it has not been flooded from over priming.

  • Check the spark plug if it is dry. A dry spark plug likely means the engine has not been primed. Prime the engine three to five times, waiting two seconds between each prime. Check the choke. Is the choke fully engaged? Check the throttle cable and control and adjust accordingly. Vent the fuel cap. Check the fuel filter to make sure that it is not clogged. The carburetor may be blown, so check for a bad bowl gasket.

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