Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Engine cuts off


papajim wrote at 2014-08-02 22:07:57
Time for an update Eric. I made sure there was plenty of gas, took the tank cap off and cranked it up. It started promptly and ran strongly for 13 min when it shut down. Tested arrived. I disconnected the plug wire, plugged in the tester and hooked the other end to the motor housing. Got spark, so I unhooked the clip from the housing and connected it to the spark plug, made sure I had plenty of gas and cranked it up. It started promptly and ran strongly for 20 min this time, although a could detect an occasional miss after 15 min. Immediately after it shut down I reconnected the clip to the housing and hit the starter button again. There was no spark.  

papajim wrote at 2014-08-05 19:51:59
Thought I had posted a follow up but don't see it anywhere.

1.Before I got the tester I took the tank cap off made sure there was plenty of gas and cranked it up. It started promptly and ran strong for 13 min before cutting off.

2. Got the tester. Connected it to the housing and it showed spark. Connected it to the plug and cranked it up. Started promptly and ran for 20 min before cutting off although I detected a few misses after 15 min. As soon as it cut off I reconnected the tester to the housing and hit the starter. No spark.  

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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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