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Once you put the machine back together can you pull the rope at all? Or is it just not catching/engaging to turn the engine?
It sounds like it is getting jammed against the starter dawgs on the flywheel. When you put the starter cover back onto the engine try pulling the rope a little bit to make certain that the dawgs catch around the starter pulley properly and that should take care of your problem.
If you don't turn the starter pulley a little while reinstalling the assembly back onto the engine then it can jam the dawgs against the pulley and cause it to not work properly.
You are correct in that it will only go in one way. I just don't think that you are getting the pulley engaged into the starter dawgs properly and it is jamming the starter and making it impossible to pull.
When you say that you replaced the coil. Was it the ignition coil?
I am going to send you a picture of the engine on this machine, maybe it will help you to make certain that everything is back together properly. I am attaching it with this comment.
See if this helps you any at all.
When you replaced the ignition coil did you reset it or gap it to the flywheel?
What did you set it at?
Did you make certain that it was set to the magnet on the flywheel? If not and you set it to the opposite side of the flywheel then it would cause the flywheel to hit the new coil and not allow the engine to turn over properly.
You have to gap the ignition coil back to the magnet on the flywheel if you don't it can end up hitting the flywheel and cause the problem that you are having.
You want to gap it at .010 inches to the magnet on the flywheel. This is what I would check next since you say that didn't gap it when you installed it.
Yes, it should be set at .010 inches to the magnet on the flywheel. If you don't gap it correctly it can hit the flywheel. Even if it doesn't hit the flywheel it may not spark like it should if not set correctly.
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I am glad that I could be of assistance to you. I hope everything works okay once you get it back together.
You made certain that the clutch assembly was tightened back onto the shaft before trying to pull the rope? The clutch assembly is what holds the flywheel tight onto the crankshaft and keeps the flywheel key from shearing, if you tried pulling the rope without the clutch tight you most likely sheared the key which would explain a rough pull and non start condition.