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Have 2 craftsman riding mowers 42"cut one 16,50 kohler engine/the other 17hp. both have the same symptoms won't start tried plugs primed cylinders with starter fluid also gas, seems like they have no spark . Both????

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Take spark plug out ,put sparkplug wire on plug and let it lay against block. Watch to see if plug fires. If not change coil. Hope this helps.

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