Engine Starting Problem


Old 06-16-02, 04:36 PM
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Hi I have a small Sears Craftsman 1.6 Hp tiller/Cultivator pull start. It will not start new plug, fresh fuel & oil mixure. what else could be. I check there is no spark or very faint spark barely see it.Please help.

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Old 06-16-02, 06:03 PM
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Hello: Sal

Even though there may be what seems like a tiny spark, for the time being I would suggest you verify if the engine will start.

Simply remove the plug, add a few drops of fuel directly into the plug hole and reinstall the spark plug. Attempt to start the engine as you normally would.

If the engine starts, runs and dies quickly, the carb either may not be getting fuel or the carb is gummed up. You may need to repeat this procedure once or twice if the engine fails to start or simply crank it a few times with the choke off.

If the engine continues to not show any signs of attempting to start, try another spark plug. Remove the fuel line hose from the carb and test for fuel flow. The kill switch may be tested for continuity. Also check for rusted or corroded terminals, etc.

The idea here is to find the problem without first suspecting the ignition system to be the problem. What appears to be a tiny spark or weak spark may or may not be correct.

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