Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Spark issue


I work for a concrete company as a mechanic and I have a 16 hp kohler that we just built and it has a odd issue. It has a hot spark until I hook it to a spark plug. Then it's not enough fire to run the engine. Iv been messing with it on and off for about a week and it's kicking my butt.. Any ideas or have u ever seen this issue?

Yes, once.  What is the engine model and spec number?

Do you have a coil similar to an older style automotive coil or do you have a one piece module with an integrated electronic ignition?

What is the flywheel to coil air gap?

Does the engine have points?

Send me the engine info so I can look up what you have.


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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.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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