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I have a POULAN lawn mower that has sit unused for 5yrs. Engine Model: LEV80 Engine Family: YTPXS.1271BA Displacement: 127 >> I overhauled the moter & fuel system, but when I crank it there is no 'spark' going to the spark plug. So, what's wrong???

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  • logandiez Apr 17, 2009

    I changed both fuel and oil when I overhauled the motor. Uh-duh. The problem has nothing to do with the fuel; fuel feed; oil; lubrication system; etc.; etc., Marc ... it is a failure of the electrical system.

    There is NOT electrical feed to the spark plug, but I have already checked all the wiring and found it to be intact. So there must be something else ... what else could keep power from the spark plug?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Engine set with gas in it now it does not crank . Has good spark nice and blue . Is there a strainer in tank possibly clogged?

  • Ron Jones
    Ron Jones Jun 05, 2014

    try unplugging the cut off cable located on the coil.....if it cranks then....your coil is being grounded out .....look at how it operates and make your adjustments....really and easy fix...hope this works for you.....i see it about twice a month on mowers i fix...

  • Ron Jones
    Ron Jones Jun 05, 2014

    or replace the coil..



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Ensure that you refill it with new fresh fuel not the fuel that was left inside it as fuel does has a limited life.



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  • Marc Buck
    Marc Buck Apr 17, 2009

    In all probability logandiez , the fact that sitting idle for so long has caused rust to form on the magnetic strips in the flywheel,
    and on the legs of the coil/magneto! You will have to remove the engine
    cowling-the part that covers the flywheel and cylinder. 4-1/4 inch
    bolts (7 sixteenth heads) hold it on. Some times the bolts might be
    larger. Any way, take those bolts out, unclip any wires from the cover,
    and lift it off. Remove the coil,-held on usually by 2-1/4 inch head,
    Using sandpaper, sand the legs of the coil until they shine, then sand the strips on the flywheel.
    To install the coil and to set the proper gap:
    Cut a 1 1/2 inch by 7 inch strip from a greeting card.

    Set the coil back on, with the magnets on the flywheel turned away from
    where the coil sits. Install the bolts loosely., through the coil, into
    the posts. Then tighten the bolts snugly enough to hold the coil away
    from the magnets. Place the strip of greeting card between the coil
    legs and the flywheel. Turn the flywheel until the coil legs are
    opposite the magnets, and the card strip is in place. Then loosen the
    coil bolts, the coil will slip in against the the card strip, then
    tighten the bolts snugly, so no movement is possible, but don't break
    them off, as that will cook yer goose! Then turn the flywheel and the
    card strip will come out, and the coil leg gap will be correct.
    Reinstall the flywheel cover, and it should start up.

    I hope this helps a little more.

    My best regards



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