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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.

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I think I would check the carb again .
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I would check the oil and compression.... make sure it is worth the effort to go any further.
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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