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Old 07-18-2017, 05:43 PM   #1
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Hello Folks. Looking for suggestions. My Weed Eater 259723 riding mower requires Engine Starter Spray to start and then runs very rough (too rough to operate the mower) or stalls out. I did think it might be a dirty carburetor but after changing the spark plug I noticed the coil is about 1/8 inch from the flywheel magnet. This seems kind of strange and I do not know how it could have shifted that far Anyone out there know what the gap should be set at for this mower ( Weed Eater 13hp model 259723. Thanks to all.
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Historically a business card has been used to set that gap.
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The gap should be .030.

The owners manual is available for download in PDF format at
http://lawnandgarden.manualsonline.c...9723.html?p=14
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I did think it might be a dirty carburetor
Ayuh,.... Yer symptoms say it ain't gettin gas, so why screw with the ignition,..??
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My Craftsman mower (with Honda engine) needed starter fluid before it would start. Had to use it for about a year, and it never really ran all that good but I still managed to cut the grass. A couple months ago it finally gave out and wouldn't start. It was the ignition coil. I replaced it with a new one and gapped it with a business card, like SeniorSitizen mentioned. Now it runs like new and no starter fluid needed either. Starts on the first or second pull too.
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There is a couple of by guess and by golly ways to check coil condition without expensive equipment and hi pay grade know how.

If the spark at the plug is blue the coil is usually ok.
If the spark at the plug is kinda yellow the coil is questionable.
If the coil wire only shock you up to your wrist the coil is questionable.
If the spark from the coil wire makes it feel as if your shoulder was momentarily dislocated the coil is probably ok.

I used to check them that way but being I have a stint I thought maybe I shouldn't anymore.

And it seems carbs always need cleaning.
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