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My weedeater edger over heats and freezes up. it gets very hot, smokes around the spark plug, the spark plug is coverd with soot and it won't start again

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Are you using mixed gas? The gas needs to be mixed 50:1
You will have to use 2 cycle oil. If you are using mixed gas, than you can buy a cooler spark plug.
Sounds like the spark plug is not properly gapped.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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