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The engine turns but does not start. There is fuel in the fuel filter, but i dont know if that matters. also, fuel gauge doesnt work so i ran it on low fuel quite often

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Make sure you have spark first. The fuel in the filter helps, but might be clogged enough to not get enough pressure to start. Running low on fuel tends to allow the junk in the tank to get into the filter. Hope this helps and have a great day.

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