I started troubleshooting and noticed it would start and run with the spark plug wire disconnected and set about 3/8" from the spark plug. If I move the wire closer it slows and stops. This seems to be a timing issue.
I pulled the flywheel but the key is fine and not sheared. The motor seems to have solid state ignition as I don't see any points or mechanical advance system.
Does everyone agree that it is timing? How do I adjust the timing on this type of mower? There seems to be no markings. Also it seems pretty convoluted as I have to remove the shroud/pull start adjust, then put it back and try it repeatedly.
I am still at a loss to figure out how it got into this strange state. What could cause the timing to just change that drastically.
Any help is appreciated.