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    I found a lady throwing this mower away. She said it was overheating when running but I havent been able to get it to start. I changed the plug, cleaned the carb, drained the gas, cleaned the air filter, and managed to break the pull cord.

    Theres been times when it runs for 3 seconds and dies. Sounds good in those 3 seconds. I also got it to start and move about ten feet with the throttle pushed all the way in twice. It died when I tried to slow down. Now its back to not wanting to start for even a few seconds. it almost seems like a safety killing it.

    model # 20018 22" recycler
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  • #2
    I think I would check the carb again .

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    • #3
      I would check the oil and compression.... make sure it is worth the effort to go any further.
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      • #4
        I would check the oil and compression.... make sure it is worth the effort to go any further.
        I checked that first. Oil is a tad high and clean, compression is good. Charged the battery over night and the electric starter does work, doesnt start still. I double checked spark today and had none. So I disconnected the safety wire that goes to the coil and still had no spark. Ordered a new coil. I think that will fix it. If it does $27 for a fairly new self propelled.

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        • #5
          I double checked spark today and had none. So I disconnected the safety wire that goes to the coil and still had no spark. Ordered a new coil. I think that will fix it.
          Keep us posted on this, it will be interesting to hear if the coil went out.

          I do wonder why it would run a little and then go out and then the coil stopped working.
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          • #6
            Finally got the coil yesterday and I installed today. Still no spark but unplugging the safety wire on the coil did work this time. I ran it for about 15 minutes. So it looks like bad coil and linkage problem or short somewhere. I wouldve found out but the rain came.

            So in all I did get a working personal pace with electric start for $27. Ill fix the other issue later.

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            • #7
              Finally got the coil yesterday and I installed today. Still no spark but unplugging the safety wire on the coil did work this time.
              Do you have a continuity tester? You should have continuity from the spark plug wire through the coil to ground.

              Check out this electrical diagram.

              I ran it for about 15 minutes. So it looks like bad coil and linkage problem or short somewhere. I wouldve found out but the rain came.
              What's your view on why that is a bad coil?
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              • #8
                What's your view on why that is a bad coil?
                I was referring to the old one. It didnt work under any circumstances. The new one works but only with the safety unplugged.

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                • #9
                  Can you show us a picture of where the kill switch hooks up? I wonder if it is grounding out somewhere along it's path. That would cause it to not start.
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