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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/B & S 8.75 hrs Weed Eater model WE 261


No spark. engine starter turns engine over.  Ran very well when last used.parked three weeks ago. All wire connection secure.

You have a safety switch preventing spark.  To verify, find the shut-off connection point, usually a single wire that is a spade type connector, dis-connect and re-check for spark.  If you have spark then you know the ignition module is fine and you have a safety switch issues.  When you dis-connect the small wire you isolate the rest of the mowers wire harness, including the safety switches from the ignition module.  No tools necessary to dis-connect the wire and only takes a few seconds to check...quick way to verify if the ignition module is properly working.

Check You Tube for videos on checking mower safety switches.


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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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