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16 Jun 2021 07:50 #49481 by tmcquinn
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I sold 3 of my cars recently.  So I have a manageable number of cars now but the mower broke.  I don't want to elevate anyone's blood pressure but here's what the John Deere manual had to say about their ignitor module, bad grammar and all.  "There is no way to test the ignitor module, if it is suspect, replace it with a know good ignitor module."  I guess it isn't like a car where they actually charge money for the parts and critical thinking skills are needed.

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19 Jun 2021 06:49 - 19 Jun 2021 06:51 #49508 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Assuming  the fuel and carb are good
Lawn mowers usually use a flywheel magneto,  not worked on Johnn Deere bit with Briggs & Stratton mowers I usually check the spark by just pulling a spark plug and checking the spark will jump at close to 1/2' (13mm) to ground.
If working singlehanded  it isn't so easy but on Briggs & Stratton I remove the recoil rope starter and spin the engine using an impact wrench or impact driver on the crankshaft nut

Flywheel magneto modules do tend to breakdown, if the plug wire isn't shorting to ground check the gap between the flywheel and the magneto module this should be roughly the thickness of a business card.
 

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19 Jun 2021 07:39 #49509 by tmcquinn
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Yeah, thank you, sir.

The manual actually has the resistance values for the magneto and decent troubleshooting advice for most things. I just thought their description of the ignitor was amusing. "It cain't be tested!!!"

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19 Jun 2021 10:54 #49512 by Matt T
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First thing I do on a small engine no spark is disconnect the engine wiring from the machine and retest. It's a quick way to tell whether the problem is on the engine or in the machines ignition kill circuit.

I've attached ignition section from a Kawasaki manual that might help. If you want the entire manual send me a PM with your email address and I'll send it to you.
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20 Jun 2021 09:35 #49527 by tmcquinn
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It was the untestable igniter.

I am become parts changer, destroyer of wallets.

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