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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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No spark at plug, mower hasent run it 2 years just tried to

Customer Question

no spark at plug
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: mower hasent run it 2 years just tried to start. did go through fuel sestem cleaning
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: yes fuel. getting gas to plug
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes I have 41 years restoring muscle cars
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I have a 1650 cub cadet model k341aqs s/no(###) ###-####
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Are you using an inline spark tester, to check for spark?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
tried an outside line tester and grounded plug to test
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
rather type
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
are you there Donald?
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

I am back.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I have power to both sides of coil and to points
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

I will use the numbers you posted, to pull up a diagram of your engine.

Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Have you checked the contacts on your points?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
looked very good
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

I would like to confirm something. Was your engine running before you stopped using it, two years ago?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
ran great. was rebuilt by pro 6 years ago. Just didn't use it that much
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

You stated that you are getting power to both sides of your coil.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

I would like to do some troubleshooting.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

I would like for you to check to see if you are getting 12 volts to your coil (+) terminal, when your ignition switch in on position, then check again when your ignition switch is in start position.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
ok yes power on start and run posion
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Thanks for checking.

Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

One side of your coil is ground. We need to determine why you are getting voltage on the negative side.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
side of coil from ignision - side go's to points condenser. I thought they both had+power
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

You are correct ...

Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Do you have some emery cloth?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I already used to clean points
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Ok ...

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I removed condenser from ground still have +to ground side of coil. points are in closed position
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Thanks for this information. If you manually open and close your points with a screwdriver, do you get an arc?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no power on and no ark
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

It has been a while since I have personally worked on a 12 volt ignition system. I am sure I am missing something that is causing our problem. If you like, I can opt out, to give another expert an opportunity to work with you.

Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

Your satisfaction is very important to me.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no thanks where done
Expert:  Donald replied 6 months ago.

No problem. I do hope all goes well for you.