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coastie
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Quote coastie Replybullet Topic: Howard 350 - still no spark
    Posted: 30 May 2013 at 9:48pm
Hi,
 
Still have no spark so am thinking of replacing the coil and condensor.  There are many sellers of coils out there that say their product will fit the 350 but I am unsure as to whether they will.
 
Has anyone any experience of doing this and could give me any advice.
 
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Quote The Showman Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2013 at 10:59pm
I'am not sure what engine you have, but i lost a spark on a kohler. spent 2 days changing coils points plugs, dam anoying when its a pull start, and it turned out to be the bakerlite plugcap. never known that before, but its the first thing i change now. hope that helps
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 6:07am
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Hi,
 
Still have no spark so am thinking of replacing the coil and condensor.  There are many sellers of coils out there that say their product will fit the 350 but I am unsure as to whether they will.
 
Has anyone any experience of doing this and could give me any advice.
 
Regards.
we have a member on forum called series 1 gem, he is very well into howard rotovators and he will be more than helpful and can put you in the right place spares wise. good luck.
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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Quote coastie Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 11:15am
Thanks for the replies.
 
The engine is a Kohler K141 and I got the unit a few weeks ago; it had been under cover and left for about 7 or 8 years without being used. After cleaning out the fuel system, cleaning the points and replacing the oil it fired and worked well until the wheel drive gears jammed.  I've unjammed them and took the opportunity to strip it a bit further and do a paint job as well as service the clutch.
 
It was all put back together and since then I've had no spark.  Took the magneto off and cleaned it, cleaned all the connections, made sure the points were not earthing out, got a new spark plug and set the gaps correctly and now I'm flummoxed.
 
Don't know how to check that there is no break in the HT lead and as the cap is rubber don't think that is a problem.
 
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Quote grendel Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 6:04pm
when it jammed, has the flywheel sheared its key and turned?
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Quote coastie Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 6:48pm
Hi Grendel,
No the flywheel and key are intact.  I did wonder if the magnets had moved but they seem to be in the same place with no sign that the disc that they are on has moved at all.
 
Someone else wondered if the engine stopped at the time that the gears jammed and I can't be sure but I don't think that it did.  I am pretty sure that I had to stop the engine myself.
 
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Quote mowersman Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 7:52pm
Have you got a multimeter?
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Quote coastie Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 9:22pm
Hi mowersman,

Yes I do have a digital one and one I got from my dad which I think still works and is probably older than me and I'm 65.
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Quote enginear Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 10:30pm
Pull back the rubber cap on the ht lead if it is a wire clip type that go's to the spark plug take it off and gently insert a a thin clean nail into the lead then check for a spark as the clip may have rusted and broken inside the lead.or fit a new ht lead.
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Quote hitchinsm Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 4:55pm
It can be one of three coils, all in stock. If you are interested send the coil to me and I will test it on the Mertronics tester that I use to test every coil that I sell.
something in the region of 70% of the old coils I test are ok, generally a points or condenser problem. Save the grief and change it to electronic ignition.
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