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If the starter is spinning when you try to start but doesn't spin the engine over then you most likely have teeth missing off the flywheel ring gear. The facts that you say you have to push it and then it starts means the flywheel position changes and the starter has good teeth on the flywheel to engage. To confirm this next time the engine won't crank over remove the starter and look inside at the flywheel for missing flywheel teeth.
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If it's not turning over then the problem will be on the firing. If there's no current to the plugs, the engine won't fire up. Few things to look at to resolve the issue... First, the ignition coil can be faulty. Second, The ignition switch can be faulty. Third will be the starter. If it's faulty, it won't kick the flywheel. One good reason why it won't turn over.
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Check the fuel filter, air filter, and muffler for plugging. Check the fuel lines for decay or other damage. Make sure the carburetor fasteners are tight. If no help, remove the flywheel cover and reset the ignition module pole clearance using a thin business card for a gauge. Turn the flywheel magnets under the module, insert the card into the gaps, loosen the module screws, and allow the module to contact the magnets through the card. Tighten the screws and rotate the flywheel somewhat to release the card, then turn the flywheel one full turn to make sure the gap doesn't close further. Try for spark at the plug--it should be blue, and snappy with a fresh plug gapped at 0.020". Hope some of this helps!