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So starter fluid thanks, but what is the cylinder

So starter fluid thanks, but what is the cylinder and is it the hole where the spark plug goes? thanks.

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  • charlieaccor Jul 29, 2009

    Yes, On the lawnmower section. I recieved a suggestion to get my mower started by sanding the spark plug and to add small thimble amount of gas into the cylinder. Did he mean to put this tiny amount gas into the hole where the spark plug is after taking the spark plug out? Is this what he meant by cylinder?

  • Dwain Pippen May 11, 2010

    You should ask that question on the original post you made.



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I didn't give you the answer before, but I can tell you the answer to your question. Starter fluid is a product sold to start engines. It is ether in a can, much like a paint can. You spray it into the spark plug hole, re-insert the plug and start it. If it does not start, probably the ignition system...Lee

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