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There is kick back when trying to start mower. Is the problem in the timing as the belt drive on the main shaft has been damaged

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1st thing it could be is yes the timming key in the flywheel
but most likly this pto has been damaged

2nd thing it could be is a loose blade or cutting disc / bent pto

3 rd thing it could be is excess carbon on piston or bad coil

but check flywheel key 1st


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Check the sprockets. Got a stick or rock binding the chain? Remove the chain. Does the wheel spin freely? Brake frozen?

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