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The first thing to check is to see if you are getting any spark at the plug.
To check for spark, remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug.
Remove the spark plug from the cylinder.
Attach the spark plug wire to the spark plug.
Using insulated tools so you do not get shocked, hold the base of the plug to the bare metal of the engine.
Crank the engine and observe the plug for spark. There should be a bright blue spark jumping the gap of the spark plug.
Is there spark present?
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If you are feeling a shock, but no spark is coming through the plug, it would indicate that the plug is bad.
But first, remove the flywheel cover to expose the magneto.
Disconnect the shut down wire from the coil and check for spark again.
If you still do not have spark, put in a new spark plug - even if yours is brand new.
If you do have spark with the shut down wire disconnected, it would indicate that something is grounding out the magneto.
Go to the low oil switch and disconnect the wire.
If you get spark now, the oil switch is bad.
Let me know what you find.
Yes, it is possible.
But before replacing the magneto, check the magneto and flywheel for excessive rust.
If they are very rusty, I would sand them and try again.
Then if it still will not give a spark, then I would change the magneto.
But this is a very basic system, and there is not a lot that can go wrong.
Let me know how it does when you get the coil changed.
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I replaced the coil and sure enough, the generator cranked right up. Thanks for all your help.