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I hit something with my mower and knocked it out of time how do I reset the timing

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it has a crescent shaped pin under the flywheel and is sheared causing the timimg to be off and pull your arm out of the socket

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SOURCE: blade hit something and now the motor will not

You must replace the flywheel key and it will start right up.

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