Tecumseh Questions and Answers

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1. How do I find out what model engine I have?

A sample engine identification decal can be found in the engine Operator's Manual. The decal is usually located on the engine housing near the recoil or flywheel screen area. This information is essential when requiring service or requesting parts information. Click on the link below for further details.


Model Numbering System for TecumsehPower's Full Engine Line

2. How do I locate TecumsehPower Dealers in my area?

Your local authorized TecumsehPower servicing dealer can be located by visiting our dealer locator section, or by calling 800-558-5402.

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3. What type of oil goes in my engine?

Engine oil recommendations are located in the engine Operatorís Manual and also on the engine identification decal. TecumsehPower recommends using clean, high quality detergent oil. The oil should be checked before each engine use and changed every 25 hours of operation. Click on the link below for further details.


Basic Troubleshooting and 
Service Information

4. Can I use synthetic oil in my TecumsehPower engine?

Yes you can. We recommend changing the oil after the initial two-hour break-in period. However, due to the price of synthetic oil it may be cost-effective to use a petroleum-based oil for this break-in period and use synthetic oil from then on. Click on the link below for further details.

Basic Troubleshooting and 
Service Information

5. What type of spark plug goes in my engine?

The correct spark plug information can be

  • obtained by contacting your local authorized TecumsehPower servicing dealer.
  • refererenced in the operators manual.
  • found in the Basic Troubleshooting and Service Information guide below.

The spark plug should be cleaned, adjusted, and replaced periodically. Ensure the spark plug gap remains at .030" (.762mm).


Basic Troubleshooting and 
Service Information

6. What is the warranty on a TecumsehPower engine?

A warranty statement is incorporated in the engine Operatorís Manual. The timeframe will vary slightly depending on the TecumsehPower model and the application. Essentially, TecumsehPower warranty covers defects in material and/or workmanship.

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7. How can I get an Operatorís Manual?

An operator's manual may be downloaded or printed directly from this website. It can also be obtained by calling TecumsehPower Company at 800-558-5402. Please have the model and specification of the engine available.

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8. How can I get a parts breakdown for my engine?

First locate the engineís model number and specification. Then visit the area of this website pertaining to the engine parts list or breakdown (coming soon). Follow the instructions.


9. Is there a Technicianís Handbook I can get for my engine product?

If you have a general understanding of internal combustion engines and wish to repair and service the engine yourself a Technicianís Handbook is available. The part number for the handbook is located in the engine Operatorís Manual. The Technicianís Handbook can be ordered from your local authorized TecumsehPower servicing dealer or by contacting TecumsehPower Company at 1-800-558-5402.


10. Can I get parts factory direct?

TecumsehPower Company does not sell parts directly to the public. To obtain parts, it will be necessary to contact a local dealer. Please reference the dealer locator link below or call 1-800-558-5402.

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11. How can I find replacement part information for my engine?

It will be necessary to determine the model and specification of your engine. Then contact your local authorized TecumsehPower servicing dealer. To locate a dealer, please click the dealer locator link below or call 1-800-558-5402.

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12. What should I do when storing my engine?

Short-term storage:

  • Remove debris from the engine to facilitate adequate cooling, correct engine speed, and reduce the risk of excessive heat build up.
  • To avoid stale gas and carburetor problems treat fuel with Ultra-Fresh or other fuel stabilizer. Add according to manufacturerís instructions.
  • After adding stabilizer, run engine for 10 minutes outdoors and away from sources of ignition to allow the fuel to reach the carburetor.
  • Run engine for 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow it to reach the carburetor.

Long-term storage:

  • Remove debris from the engine to facilitate adequate cooling, correct engine speed, and reduce the risk of excessive heat build-up.
  • Empty fuel tank by running engine outdoors until it stops. WARNING: NEVER leave the engine unattended when it is running, and NEVER run engine in enclosed areas.
  • Lubricate cylinder bore to avoid corrosion.

Any questions regarding any of these processes please consult your engine Operatorís Manual.

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13. Who should I contact with service questions?

We recommend contacting your local authorized TecumsehPower servicing dealer for the best and most efficient results. Click on the link below for our dealer locator or call 1-800-558-5402.

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If you would like to contact us directly, please click on the link below for our on-line contact form.

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