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Mtd snowblower 4.5 no spark new coil,new plug, wire is good,switch is good, new shear pin

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  • Anthony McFarland
    Anthony McFarland May 11, 2010

    Stupid question, have you attempted dropping a little gas into the head to see if it sparks and tries to turn over? If so and there's nothing, with everything you've replaced the only thing I could think of off the top of my head would be the air gap between the magneto and the armature possibly needing adjusting.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    In 2011 I bought a Poulan Pro 30" 10HP snowblower which I have been having minor issues with ever since. When it runs it runs smoothly and it throws the snow quite far so no complaints there. This year I used it a few times. Recently I may have gotten a small ice chunk in it. When I try to crank it manually the compression violently rips the pull cord out of my hands near TDC. I checked the flywheel pin and it is not sheared off so the flywheel is still aligned. There are no gouges on the flywheel nor the spindle. I checked if the crankshaft may be bent but when I remove the spark plug, it cranks smoothly. There is ample fire from the plug since I installed a new one and it sparks great. I removed the OHV cover and noticed both valves working as they should. I looked into the cylinder through the spark plug hole and couldn't see anything abnormal. I cranked it over with the choke and fuel valve in all positions and got nothing. Also with the run switch in the on and off positions and with the stark key in and out. I checked for any broken or loose wires and all looks good. The only thing left I can think of is the fuel system. I dare not take it apart as I am afraid to break something. How can I tell if the cylinder is getting fuel. I've primed it as per the instructions. Another problem is the electric start won't engage the flywheel but I'll worry about that in a later post.



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Hello pbck98:

>>The Following is a Basic Instruction File I Made for Checking the Coil/Ign Coil/Magnetron/Armature on Small Engines. Any Input is Appreciated.
>>**To Check the Ign Coil; Remove the Spark Plug/s.
>>With a Good Plug, Wrap a Wire Around the Threads of the Plug and Attach the Other End of the Wire to the Engine Block. >>Remove the Blower Housing (metal engine cover). The Wire that is Connected to the Coil/Ign Module from the Shut Off Switch needs to be Removed (unplugged) from the Coil/Ign Module.
>>Now Check for Spark at the Plug.
>>If Spark, then the Shut Off Switch or the Wire is Bad.
>>If Still No Spark, then the Coil/Ign Module is Bad. If there are Safety Switches on this Unit and the Coil is Good; you Need to Check the Safety Switches for Being Bad and Check the Oil Guard Switch also.**
>>If you have a New Coil/Ign Coil and Still No Spark, then
>>Turn the Coil Over and Check for Spark. Ign Coils are Wound 1 Way for Clockwise Engine and the Oposite Way for Counter Clockwise Rotation Engines. I have Seen Ign Coil Boxed Wrong and Turning the Ign Coil Over will Correct the Problem.
>>The Coil is Gapped to .015in from the Flywheel.
For Better Assistance;
>>Send me the Make, Model and Type or Spec Numbers Off the Engine, Please. With these I can Locate the Proper Manual and Better Assist you.
Please, Do Not Hesitate, If I Missed Something or you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance.
Hope this Helps. Let me Know What Happens, Please. May the All Mighty Bless You and Yours. Be Safe and Be Happy. Thanks.

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MTD snow blower 208cc
CD gap is at 24.. yes 24
was this set wrong at the factory?
I thought 8-10 was the norm.
Spark is yellow with very little blue
can't get it to start.
Do I regap the CD & then clean the carberator?
If so what is the gap supose to be?
MTD: 31AM63EF729
Engine Assembly... 2008 370 SUA

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