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Will not start unless top cover is off

I have a reddy model r55 and it will only start at times if you take the top cover off then when it fires up you can put the cover back on and it will be fine. Any suggestions?

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  • golfool21 Jan 09, 2009

    Thanks I will check all that.

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Check that the fan is clean and unobstructed. It sounds like something may be cutting down the air flow. Or the cad eye may be faulty or dirty.
Hope this helps.
Matt

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