Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Snapper wont start


I have a rear engine snapper M/N m280917b recoil start that wont start.  I have changed spark plug,  cleaned carb. tightened grounds. Ran fine last week started first pull. I dont think Im getting spark.  Help if you can.  Thank you

On the engine, near the throttle cable mount, you will see a small wire.  Dis-connect it and see if it starts.  If it does you know you have a safety switch or wire issue.

You will NOT be able to shut-off the mower with this wire dis-connected.  Just use a pair of players with rubber handles and GENTLY pull the spark plug wire to stop the engine.  You can also try choking the engine by placing the throttle control in the CHOKE position.

See the spade terminal in the picture at the URL below:

Just dis-connect the wire connected to the spade tool needed other than a screwdriver or plyers to unplug the wire.

Let me know what happens.

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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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