How to Repair a Broken Rotovator

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How to Repair a Broken Rotovator

Seasoned gardeners and farmers understand that a rotovator breaks up soil to provide air pockets that encourage plant and crop growth. Since soil that hardens can spell the end of growth, gardeners and farmers need to learn how to repair a rotovator whenever it breaks down


Check the gas cap to ensure it properly vents the tank. Gas stops flowing about 15 minutes after the tanks build a vacuum. Replace the gas cap if there is not sufficient gas flow. Make sure fuel and oil levels are filled to the manufacturer designated line. Two-cycle rotovators require the proper mix of oil and gasoline or else the machine sputters and shuts down. Rotovators that sit idle all winter may require flushing and fluid replacement. Even brand name rotovators such as Honda and Howard need to have the fluids flushed after long layoffs.

Spark Plug

Remove the spark plug by utilising a spark plug removal tool, which hardware and home improvement stores have available. Any type of damage requires replacement of the spark plug. The spark plug's gap may pose the problem, especially if the gap size does not match what the manufacturer recommends in the owner's manual. Rust represents one of the more common spark plug maintenance issues. Heavy rust towards the end of a spark plug prevents the plug from creating the combustion needed to start the engine. Rotovator owners can clean minor rust build-up by wiping a dry towel over the rusted surface.

Air Filter

A clogged rotovator air filter can diminish performance or shut down the soil-breaking machine. Remove the air filter from the filter housing that sits on the front of the fuel tank. Knock the air filter against the palm of your hand to dislodge larger particles. To extract the minute debris that clogs the filter, run a hose at medium strength over both sides of the air filter. Allow the air filter to dry and then put it back into the housing. If the rotovator still performs below optimal level, replace the old filter with a new rotovator air filter, such as a Camon rotovator. In fact, buying new parts should be the mantra, especially for parts that comprise the rotovator engine. After replacing the air filter, check the compression valves to ensure they match or exceed the levels set in the owner's manual. Improperly set compression valves shrink whenever the engine temperature increases.


Because of prolonged exposure to moisture, aerator blades may begin to rust. Minor rust only requires the wiping with a dry towel. When major rust builds up on the blades it's time to buy new blades. The same principle applies to bent blades, as faulty blades perform poorly and leave gardeners and farmers with hard soil composition. Following instructions on removing and replacing rotovator blades ensures safety.

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