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Coleman powermate maxa 5000 er - been sitting for about 2 years and I want to start it up again. Checked oil, ok. added new gas (but did not drain old). Fuel valve open, spark plug cap on. Engine won't turn over no matter what position the choke is in. any ideas?

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It could have sezed up on you take out the plug and try to turn the motor by hand if it wont turn its sezed up,,,if so all you can do is tip down the plug hole a small brop of red x or two stroke oil and rock the motor back and frow till it frees off,,
if it frees off that is!

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