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Engine will not start after oil dummy light came on.

I filled it back up with oil, and replaced spark plug. its getting gas, but no spark, is it the coil?

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There is a low oil sensor above fill stick. See if you can bypass it by taking the sensor out of the loop.

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Engine oil is 10W30 and comes half way up dip stick
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