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I h ave a sears 5.0 horsepower .snow thrower modelcan not

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Customer: I h ave a sears 5.0 horsepower .snow thrower model###-##-####can not shut off with key. I disassebbled and found black ignition wire off. Bolt on top of engine missing. Question is the blackwire a ground and does it bolt to the top of engine? Hate to put back together and find that I was wrong the only I shut the engine off wqas to chock and push into snow bankcurrently we hae no snow but coming.
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Customer: is the black wire a ground and does iit bolt to the top of engine?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.

Black wire should go to the coil ad it has to be grounded by the keyswitch when it is turned off. Coil has to be grounded to stop engine!