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i converted my  11 hp homelite generator to run my wood splitter pump off the horizontal shaft after the armature was destroyed. I havent used it for a couple years i left it outside uncovered and now i cant get it to start i have spark and enough fuel at the carb. i took out the spark plug and poured gas into it and it still wont even fire.i took off the pull cord housing to get at the fly wheel so i could turn the motor over quicker with a drill but it still wont fire.

Did you try a new spark plug and is the fuel less then 30 days old?

With the flywheel exposed, dis-connect the spark plug wire and turn the engine backwards, by hand, and see if snaps forward in the correct direction.  You are checking to see if the engine has enough compression to run.

Let me know what you find.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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