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Replaced the coil with original Briggs part ($51)...

Replaced the coil with original Briggs part ($51) and it starts easily! And purrs like a kitten!
Well worth a couple dollars more for peace of mind.

Thanks everyone for your advice.
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Since last post, there have been a couple...

Since last post, there have been a couple revelations:

1. There is spark, but it is very weak and worse on left than right. I thought maybe the tester was bad. Hooked it up to my TroyBilt mower,...
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No spark at either plug now with in line Autozone...

No spark at either plug now with in line Autozone OEM tester.
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So I went to push the lawn tractor out into the...

So I went to push the lawn tractor out into the driveway where the light is better to work on the carburetor. The transmission won't disengage with the pull out stem in the back. Tried several times....
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Choke seems to work fine. Joecaption1, that was...

Choke seems to work fine. Joecaption1, that was my first thought also. (This mower was not used for years... with today's ethanol-containing fuels, gunk in the carburetor seems likely.)
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craftsman lawn tractor won't start

I purchased a used Craftsman 42 inch riding lawn mower (917 270781) several weeks ago.

It ran great initially, then would not start. Cranks great. After sitting overnight, it started instantly,...
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