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Homelite U2T608 edger/trimmer will not start. New plug gaped properly. Dropped carb, dissembled and cleaned out all ports. Fuel is flowing and is new. Motor wont even "cough." Suggestions?

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Check the magneto for spark. Remove the plug and reinsert the wire and hold it against the engine as you pull the starter. You should get a nice, blue spark. If you don't see one, the magneto to flywheel air gap may need adjusting or the coil module is bad (rare). You basically need good compression, fresh fuel, good clean air intake, and a strong spark to get it to "pop." I realize you may know these things, but, most people are unaware of the .010"-014" air gap required between the magnets on the flywheel and the legs on the coil module. Disassembly is required to get to it and you take the same steps you would if you wanted to fix the pull rope. A standard business card has about the proper clearance needed between the aformementioned parts. Post back if needed. I am here to help.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

Testimonial: "Appreciate your input. Will re-disassemble and check gap as suggested. Unit unused for several months but worked last week. Weird!"

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    Roy Cagle Oct 13, 2010

    I wasn't aware the unit worked last week but in looking at several of these trimmers, you do occasionally find one with gap closed up. That being said, you may just need to readjust the H and L screws on the carb to get it to "pop." If you can get it to "pop", then you can probably get it to run.

  • lentill244 Oct 14, 2010

    Finished accessing magneto, Used fine sandpaper to restore clean surfaces on flywheel and coil magnets. Reset gap with business card, as recommended. Found filter in gas tank had disconnected. Threaded thru new fuel line and reconnected fuel filter. Am not sure re H

  • lentill244 Oct 14, 2010

    You're the Man! Did all as mentioned in previous reply re magneto and fuel filter. Primed unit and first yank on starter cord did it. Started up beautifully. Thanks so much for your suggestions

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