craftsman/(tecumsuh) 143.996510 will not start

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Old 05-24-11, 01:49 AM
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craftsman/(tecumsuh) 143.996510 will not start

I have a craftsman model 143.996510 mower. [I] hit a root and sheared the flywheel key. I have replaced the key but the mower still will not start. any suggestions on where to look next?
 
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Old 05-24-11, 08:21 AM
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Do you have spark? If yes, you might recheck the flywheel key...if it was not torqued properly, or lubed or....it may have sheared again.
 
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Does it have a blade on it, if not it will be very difficult to start. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Old 05-25-11, 08:48 AM
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Geo - the blade is on and it is strait "not bent"
BFH - I have not checked for spark as it was running fine when the key was sheared. I will pull the plug and checkfor spark before verifiing the key is still intact/properly installed.
 
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OK it has spark and the new flywheel key is still intact....I think I will try dissasmbling the carb and cleaning it.
 
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