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Have a generac ix 2000, not getting a spark to the plug

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have a generac ix 2000, not getting a spark to the plug ,switch is on and has plenty of oil had to change out pull cord, then no fire
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

When you repaired the pull cord, you likely have shorted out the wire to the kill switch. So now the coil is grounded out. To test you can remove the kill wire from the coil and see if you have spark. If you do have spark, kill wire is grounded out. If no spark, the coil has failed!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
suspected the same ,ohmed out the wires and the kill switch appears to be fine got it all back together ,ready to take it for repair, gave it a pull and it started ,was playing with choke and it died then would not re-start, then broke pull cord again *** on that model being mostly plastic what is a good way to check for spark? (I even tried holding plug in hand but guess I wasn't grounded to motor)
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Spark tester from auto supply is best, ***** ***** the spark plug attached to the wire, and ground it on the metal of the engine. A hose clamp and wire with alligator clip, with clamp holding test wire on the threads of the spark plug, makes good ground when you ground the alligator clip. Makes a real handy tool, just use a spare spark plug when testing.