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36" Craftsman riding mower. Turns over, getting fuel and spark but will not fire and start up. Originally started went about 25 ft cut off and will not fire back up. New plug & fuel filter install

36" Craftsman w/11HP Briggs & Straton Engine riding mower. Originally started went about 25 ft cut off and will not fire back up. Turns over, getting fuel and spark but will not fire and start up. New plug & fuel filter installed, Air filter cleaned. Grime build up around selonoid & magnet wheel found, cleaned off. Put in new plug got one back fire and nothing further. Cut off switch quit working years ago and has been disconnected ever since. Out of ideas????

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    have fuel and spark compresion ok posible timing issue check valve timing ok single cyl motor want to know ignition timing were magnets will fire coil in relation to coil contacts

  • tom smith
    tom smith Aug 10, 2014

    i replaced spark plug and gas filter but it back fires and does not start

  • tom smith
    tom smith Aug 10, 2014

    what can i do?

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If anti back fire selonoid is disconnected how
are you getting fuel? if so ck selonoid again make sure it is open. should run

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Crankcase Capacity w/o oil filter (1.3 L (1.4 qt.)
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Crankcase Capacity w/o oil filter (1.6 L (1.7 qt.)
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Spark Plug-Gap (0.64 mm (0.025 in.)
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Fuel System

Fuel (See Fuel in the Service Miscellaneous section
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