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No spark to spark plug wire

Wheen holding the spark plug wire close to spark plug and pull the cord there is no spark, any help?

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Have you tried cleaning the plug or a new one. Try removing the plug, reconnect it to the wire and placing the thread part of the plug against the 'fins'. This will make the engine easier to pull and to see if spark is jumping the gap. If there's no spark, take the plug off and hold the connector about an 1/8 " from the fins and see if spark jumps. If not, the armature (ign. coil) may be bad. Before you change the armature though, check that the wire from the armature (terminal underneath) to kill switch is not grounding out. Information overload? lol

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Second remove the spark plug. While it is plugged into the wire, but outside the engine, use insulated pliers to hold the tip near a piece of metal on the engine. Have someone else pull the cord and see if a spark jumps from the spark plug to the engine. You have to hold it pretty close (1/8-1/4 of an inch) but make sure it isn't touching. If there is no spark you should buy and install a new one. You can get a replacement at your local auto parts store, just bring the old one with you.

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Let me know if none of these things work.

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One - pull a plug - ground base to engine with a good clip lead or wire.  Crank engine and look for spark.  This works best at dusk or in low light condition.
Second - Look in JC Whitney - they have a device that plugs into the spark plug on one side and the wire on the other.  In between there is a clear tube where you can see the spark in working.
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