5 Common Problems with Cub Cadet RT65 and Their Solutions

Key Points:

  • The common engine issues with Cub Cadet Rt65 tillers are starting problems, overheating and rough running. To avoid such issues, change the fuel each month. Use fuel stabilizer and keep the air filter and carburetor clean.
  • If the tines are not moving the clevis pins may be missing. The problem can also be with clutch cable or drive belt.
  • To ensure good performance from the tiller, keep it under regular maintenance.

Keeping the lawn clean is one of the main things the gardeners mostly care about. Tillers come handy in this job. They can break the hard soil of your land into loose dirt to make the land arable with minimal effort.

Just like other machines, a tiller will develop different problems over time. In this article, I’m going to talk about the common Cub Cadet RT65 tiller problems and their troubleshoots. 

5 Common Problems with Cub Cadet RT65 and Troubleshooting:

Cub Cadet rt65 has some limitations, and because of those, consumers may encounter some common troubleshooting issues with this tiller. So, let’s learn about those problems in more detail here.

1. Tiller Doesn’t Start

Usually, tillers remain unused for months. That’s why it is very common that the fuel becomes old and stale. Old fuel develops sticky elements in it over time which eventually blocks the fuel line and the required flow of for power.

So, drain the stale fuel and refill the tank with fresh fuel. If you are using the same fuel for more than one month, use a fuel stabilizer to keep it good. Also, sometimes the fuel tank doesn’t even have fuel. Fill the tank with adequate fuel in that case.

If the fuel is good, check the carburetor for possible clogging. If the carburetor is clogged, you will face such starting problems.

Displace the carburetor and clean it with a carb cleaner spray. Clean the components adjacent to the carb also. 

Sometimes, the air filter also gets clogged with dirt restricting the flow of air in the combustion chamber. Clean the air filter or replace it if it is damaged. 

Loose spark plug connection or fouled spark plugs can also be responsible. Check the spark plugs.  If the wires are loose, secure them properly and replace them if they are damaged. Finally, make sure the throttle control lever is in the right starting position before starting. 

2. Engine Overheats

A common problem we hear about engine- run machine is the overheating of engine. With tillers, it usually occurs due to low engine oil level.

Whenever you feel the excessive temperature, check the oil level.  If there is inadequate oil, fill the engine to the right level. 

The vehicle can also overheat due to the restriction of air flow due to a clogged air filter or air cleaner.

So, check for that possibility also. If the air cleaner is damaged or severely clogged, replace it.  Look over the carburetor also. If it is misadjusted, adjust it properly.  And if it is clogged clean it as we told earlier.

3. Engine Runs Rough

Sometimes users complain that although the tiller run, it runs erratic.  It generally happens when the spark plug wires are loose.

Make them secured. Stale fuel and blocked fuel line can be the culprit also. 

Drain the fuel if there is water or dirt in the fuel system and refill the tank with new clean fuel.

Other possible defects include clogged air filter and carburetor.  Clean them or replace them if they are damaged.

Adjust the carburetor according to the user’s manual if it is misadjusted. 

4. Wheel or Tines Not Turning

This is the most common problem we hear from the users.  Sometimes the wheel spins but the tines don’t and the vice versa. As the tines are the most cordial component of the tiller and you can’t do your work if they don’t rotate, it’s very important to know how to troubleshoot this problem.

If the tines are not rotating, the first thing to check is the clevis pin. The tines are kept locked to shaft with clevis pins. If the pin is missing, tines cannot move.

To check this, shut the engine off, unplug the spark plugs and turn the tines by hand. Be careful while turning. 

If the shaft is turning, but the tines are not, the pins are either damaged or missing. Replace the clevis pin.

Some users replace them with a bolt, don’t do this. The clevis pins are designed to prevent damage to the engine and other crucial components of the tiller. They shear off when the tines hit a fixed object which a bolt may not.

Also check the clutch cable. If it is misadjusted, adjust it.  Replace it if it’s damaged. Replace the drive belt if it’s worn or damaged.

The transmission can also be the culprit. If the drive belt works perfect and spins the transmission pulley but the transmission pulley doesn’t move the wheels or tines, the problem is with the transmission. Replace it.

5. Inadequate Tiling

Sometimes you just don’t get satisfactory performance even after all of the tines and wheels moving. It can happen due to the bad condition of the tines or the soil. 

Sometimes the tines get broken or damaged.  They can also get dull over time. Replace them if that’s the case.

The drive belts can be loose or broken. Look over every component of the tiller which includes the belt, spark plugs, the tines and replace the damaged ones.

Keep the tines clean and lubricated after certain period for better durability and efficacy. 

The soil type also matters. Tillers cannot take the load of continuously running through hard soils. Adjust the depth and make some shallow passes if the soil of your garden is excessively hard.

What Do the Customers Think About This Tiller?

Cub cadet Rt65 has got both good and bad reviews from the customers. This rear tire tiller goes deep into the ground and make it greatly prepared for cultivating. It can also cover big ground with less effort. So, you can do more piling at less time. 

However, some customers had bad experience with this tiller as they said that the wheel spins very fast not letting the tine do its work. The soil sometimes stays between wheels and tines which thwart the tines from tiling the soil. Overall, it’s not a bad one to have.

Final Words

If you have gone through the article, you can now be aware of the potential problems and regularly maintain the tiller to avoid them. Knowing how to troubleshoot such problems will let you take care of the tiller on your own before asking advice from any experts.  But if you can’t figure out any problem, you always should contact the experts.

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