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Oil Changed, New spark plug & filter. No start. Pull cord and makes starting noise then off.

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Sounds like contaminated or stale fuel OR dirt/moisture in the carburetor. Remove the float bowl from the carburetor, clean it out, use some carburetor spray cleaner to clean the main jet in the carburetor and reasssemble

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