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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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Have mtd yard machine. will not start. suspect getting no

Customer Question

have mtd yard machine. will not start. suspect getting no spark
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: yes. plug get s flooded
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: will attempt to if not too
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** you still need help with this issue?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
do not understand have not received my answer yet
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Oh well I can help you with that. Have you tried inspecting the coil pack yet?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Sometimes mice will chew into the high voltage wire inside where you cant see it. Then it will spark to ground

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
need to knowlocation of coil pack and safety switches
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

What engine is it? Hp?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
tecumseh 6 speed
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Do you mean 6hp?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

You gotta give me a model or hp so I can help you better

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Tecumseh Formula OHV 13.5 HP Pressure Lubrication
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Oh ok. I pulled up a pic. I would take the top cover off, usually about 4 10mm bolts. Find the spark plug wire and follow it to the coil. Check the wire over for chew marks

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
no chew marks
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Ok, disconnect the black wire coming off the coil and make sure it doesn't contact engine ground. Attempt to start again

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
did not start
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Try to gap it like I said.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
done no start
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
manual recommended chacking safety switches
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 8 days ago.

Sounds like your coil is faulty. Disconnecting the black wire illiminates the safety parts

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thanks