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MTD snow thrower won't start

About one month ago I pulled the snow thrower out of the shed, changed the oil, cleaned the plug and had it running on pull number two. Moved it under the deck awaiting the first snow. We had 9" of snow Saturday night and I went out Sunday morning to clear the driveway and the old boy gave me nothing. Pulling the cord multiple times and there wasn't on sign of starting. Made sure the key was in, carb primed, choke on and engine in the run position. Tried again and had the same result. OK. so I pulled out the cord to start it electrically, plugged it in, pushed the start button and again, nothing. Poked around for a smoking gun and found no signs of a cause. Grabbed the shovel and began to clear the driveway the old fashioned way. Luckily, my neighbor saw my wife and I out there hauling snow and offered his snow thrower, which I gladly accepted. Thank you Jay. I am figuring there must be an electrical problem and will be pushing it into the garage tomorrow after work to look into it more. I am hoping for some ideas of what to look for beside the obvious mouse chewed or disconnected wires. I appreciate any ideas. Thanks

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I have just taken apart my Troy-Bilt Model 5521 so now I can see how all the bits fit together.

The electric starter is a separate device that engages with the cogs on the outside of the engine flywheel.

The cord pull engages the flywheel at the centre.

The fact that the cord pull starts the engine is a good thing.

If you dismantle the blower and take of the top cover (very annoying with many bolts all over the unit, take a look at the spare parts guide to see the exploded view) the starter it comes away with the power cord.

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That throttle cable issue sounds like it may be the culprit. the cable housing (the outer casing for the wire throttle cable) may not be anchored correctly. Which may be allowing you to move the throttle without any change at the butterfly control on the carb. make sure the cable housing is anchored at both ends.. by the throttle control and at the carb area.. That may be your problem... hope it is that simple...
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