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I have a 6HP 4 in 1 unit that won't start. I checked the…

I have a 6HP...

I have a 6HP 4 in 1 unit that won't start. I checked the switch on the back of the unit that is held down with the chute or the bag unit and it appears that the switch is close when the button is up, and almost open when the button is pressed. Is that correct?

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?

Yes..it appears to be a spark problem, and I just replaced the spark plug

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes just need to know if that safety switch is operating correctly

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

I can't find a wiring diagram, or I could find out myself

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do you have continuity when the button is pressed or depressed?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
continuity when the button is NOT pressed. When the button is pressed I have a trickle of continuity only.

th​en the switch is bad and needs to be replaced. pressed should allow the spark to be present at the plug and allow engine to fire for starting

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
OK that makes sense but then if I don't put the chute or the bagger on, the switch button will be up and therefore the unit should start. Correct?

the button should be pressed for the engine to start and run. should not be able to run without the chute or bagger on the machine for safety reasons

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
ok...I guess I need to get a new switch and I understand the safety thing, but the continuity exists when neither the chue or bagger is installed. Oh well.

l​et me know the outcome of a new switch. do you have spark at the plug with button pushed or not pushed or neither?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
have to wait for wife to get home to check that.

not a problem.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I will do that ty for your help
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Just for your info...the new switch I purchased operates the same as my old one. Continuity when button is NOT pressed. Your response was incorrect and your charge for that info was uncalled for.
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