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Stihl FS 55 will not start

Just bought a Stihl FS 55 and cannot get it to crank for second use. Pumped bubble 4 times and placed choke on. Has not even attempted to fire up. Yes, switch is in ''on'' position.

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After trying to start several times, remove the spark plug and see if it is "wet" If it is you are flooding it. Do not pull the rope more than 3 or 4 times with the choke closed, whether it "pops" or not open the choke half way after the 4th pull and make sure you have the throttle trigger squeezed to give it gas

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