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Since last years operation it has lost it's spark!  I tried to pull the cover off fly wheel to clean the mag. Points,etc. couldn't get mag. Fly wheel cover off!  No spark to plug for sure! Help!!

What engine do you have?  If you have a Briggs engine, look at the code number.  It is a long number.  if the first 2 digits are greater than 81 then you have electronic points.

If you remove the top engine cover to access the ignition module dis-connect the small wire connected to the ignition module.  With the small wire dis-connected, check for spark, if you have spark with the small wire dis-connected from the ignition module then the module is fine and you have a safety switch or wire problem.

Let me know the engine model, type and code number and if you have spark with the small wire dis-connected from the ignition module.


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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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