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I checked for spark with the plug unscrewed but plugged in, the rounded the plug thread on the motor and pulled the string, repeatedly. I got one spark early on but not another. Do I need to replace the magneto?

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Not necessarily. Before you consider replacing the ignition module, I would check the "air-gap" that is between the ignition's module legs and the magnets in the flywheel. If it is too wide, a weak spark or no spark at all could be observed. It should be in the neighborhood of .010" or so. This is just about the thickness of a standard sized business card and in fact, the card is readily used as a feeler gauge for this purpose due to the trouble using a metal feeler gauge on the magnets. Post back if you need instructions to check and/or set the "air-gap."

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