troybilt snowblower with tecumseh 5hp engine


Old 01-16-10, 03:47 PM
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troybilt snowblower with tecumseh 5hp engine

I have a troybilt snowblower with a 5 hp engine. It would start and race like crazy. Could not lower rpm. Took it to a shop and was told governor was bad. Very expensive to fix, 500-600. dollars. Not sure how hard it is to replace. Need directions on how to replace it.
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Old 01-16-10, 04:06 PM
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You right about being expensive. Unless its less than a couple years old, I'd consider adding ~$200 more to the repair price and get a new one.

You might want to get another opinion first.
Old 01-16-10, 04:31 PM
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I'd think you could buy a complete new engine for less.
Old 01-16-10, 04:41 PM
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I just bought a whole New 10 HP Tecumseh for +/-$300. A 5 HP might be $200 or less. I've replaced bearings and rings and rebuilt carbs in these guys (during the warmer months). I've never had a sticking governor like you're describing. I'd buy a manual and start reading before being stampeded into action.

I'll look tomorrow and see if I have a trouble shooting handbook to diagnose your racing condition (like straw caught in the mechanism).

I hope you didn't have to pay the local shop for that "Consult" !

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Old 01-16-10, 05:05 PM
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rarely do governors go bad. The spring may be stretched or like on my old snowblower, the linkage had jumped & gotten stuck. I would definately get a second opinion. Please post the snowblower model number which is found on the back panel between the wheels. Should start wit "31".

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