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Spark plug fouls out with a wet fluid only after 3-4 pulls and thats with or without any primer being pressed(new spark plug did'nt help)..I've removed carb.and cleaned out(..used canned air duster to clear passages too)...float bowl had some sludge(small amounts)....still no starting after reassembling.....prior to this I removed the "coil" to clean off surface rust build up and when I went to reinstall it I noticed the coil has to be adjusted up against the recoil fin that has magnets the rotate past the it possible thats now not adjusted correctly?

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Do a test for spark by removing the coil lead and placing it close to the metal on the engines head.

If you have no spark you can go back and regap the coil. Use a thin piece of paper *(a business card or playing card works) placed between the coil and flywheel. The gap is that small. You just put the paper in between, loosen the coil screws until it fits snug against the paper and then retighten the screws. Now remove the paper and put the recoil cover back on and retest for spark.

Still no spark? You may have to replace that coil. But if you already know how to get to it and gap it than all you need to do is get the part number off of the old one.

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