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Poulon 2375 18" Wild Thing NO SPARK

Removed covers and flywheel. Expected dirty points under flywheel. NO POINTS THERE. Electronic Ignition module has Secondary Spark plug cable and terminals for 2 wires. Yellow wire is for shorting the spark and go to the ON/OFF switch. Cannot see where the BLACK wire goes. I suspect it is the trigger to where the points should be. Before spending $26 for a new ignition module would like to know if the black wire is the root of my problems. Does this engine have POINTS? If i do have to replace the Electronic Ignition Module what is the gap to the closest part of the flywheel where the magnets are. It appears to be about .040. or a little more. Is it POSSIBLE the magnets in the flywheel are weak. I have never had to replace a flywheel in 40 years.
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Your engine doesn't have points. I suspect the black wire is a ground for the ignition. You can check this by taking a very small chunk out of the insulation and then using an ohmmeter to check and see if it is indeed grounded. If it is you probably need an ignition coil assy. It is triggered from the flywheel itself. Make sure your switch is ok and the wires going to it are ok.

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