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I have checked spark plug,spark is strong & blue but still willn't start,what could be coursing trimmer not to start? Should I change fuel mixture,flush fuel lines?

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Have you checked for the PROPER spark plug gap? this is crucial, and if you have spark and fuel, with the proper GAP it WILL run

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