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06-17-03, 06:17 PM   #1  
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no spark,then spark

I am working on a golf course push mower for mowing the greens and it is the wierdest thing I have ever saw. It is a two stroke Jacobson horizontal shaft don't know the horse power or can't find the model # on the engine. The problem is that when I test for spark it will fire and the next time I pull it there is no spark. Sometimes I can pull it 5 times before it will spark. When it does fire it looks like good spark but I put gas in the plug hole and it won't attempt to start at all. It has points so could they be dirty or could it need new points? Can I change it to a solid state coil?Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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06-18-03, 12:20 AM   #2  
Sounds like you need to replace the points. I am not familiar with that engine, so I can't tell for sure if you can install solid state on it or not. If the engine is magneto-fired, then you probably can.


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06-18-03, 02:36 AM   #3  
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Thanks cheese I will take a closer look at it and let you know how it goes.

 
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06-18-03, 04:47 PM   #4  
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I think I may have found the problem. I pulled off the pull starter to take a look at the points and I noticed that the piece that supports the spark plug wire away from the flywheel is broken. I then noticed that the plug wire was wearing against the flywheel and the wire itself was exposed. So I guess that the wire was grounding out against the flywheel sometimes when I would pull it over testing for spark and sometimes it was away from the wheel allowing it to fire. I hope thats all it is because it will be a quick fix.

 
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06-18-03, 10:05 PM   #5  
Yep...that sounds like a pretty good candidate. Let us know!


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06-19-03, 04:45 PM   #6  
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That was the problem. I fixed the wire with some liquid electric tape and put the wire back in its holder and it fired right up.

 
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06-19-03, 07:32 PM   #7  
Good job, Hope you got it strapped back out of the way, so it doesn't happen again.


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