When it wont start spray in some starting fluid, and remove the plug
and check for spark. What you describe is what has happened to me
several times and it was the ignition module, eventualy it wont start
at all. it could also be the coil but starting fluid and checking for
spark rule out ingition.
I'm nominating this one for an award. Spray ether into the carb, pull
the plug, and yank the cord. This could be confused with a solar
flare, or GI flame thrower, having burned down four or five houses.
What a maroon.
You just dont get it do you, ok I will expain it for you since you
cant figure this basic one out and you ruined a motor with Either,
Test first with Either by spraying just a shot into the carb, if it
doesnt start test for spark by removing the plug, reinsert it back
into the socket, ground the plug on the head. While someone else pulls
the starter cord, check strength and color of spark. Now stormin, do
you get it. Its not at that difficult but I made it easy so you dont
blow up another motor. Since this is basic kids stuff I forget to be
complete for the less understanding, now dont tell us, do you need the
saftey warnings also on all the dangers, geeze wake up stormin.
I guess I should have made it clear for Are You Smarter Than A 4th
Grader Stormin, I will do better next time kid. BTW Maroon was
reserved for you years ago for good reason. And just when I thought
being nice was correct, so that will change.
This is okay for a lawnmower, but be careful with something bigger,
like a 1970 Ford LTD convertible with V-8 engine.
I was in a small garage if that matters. I sprayed in starter fluid,
then took off a plug wire to check for spark and the whole thing
exploded in my face.
Fortunately, I didn't flinch or the edge of the hood would have cut
deeply into the back of my neck, or the hood itself would have banged
But when I looked at the valve cover near me it was ripped up from 4
of the bolts, spread around the circumference -- the holes were either
elongated or the outer edge of the hole was broken off -- and between
the good bolt holes, the rim was lifted in about 3 places. I had
totally ruined the valve cover and they don't sell them at autoparts
stores**. Nor are their junkyards in Brooklyn.
**So I had to go to a speed shop and by a set of chrome valve covers.
I only put on one, but my brother never complained.
I guess I'm lucky it didn't also blow apart the carburetor, manifold
and cylinders, and how the spark or flame got under the valve cover, I
do not know.
On Fri, 25 Jun 2010 01:36:52 +0000 (UTC), Chief Two Eagles
Tbat makes sense. I guess the valve cover was the only place it
accumulated, and the carb throat, manifold, and cylinders were cleared
by normal engine operation??
I was trying to start my brother's car, which was broken he had told
me, while he was out of town. I don't remember if or how I actually
If you remember the real old motors they always had a vented valve cover
cap. When car manufacturers became more pollution conscious they vented
valve cover vapors into the intake manifold. I supposed the ether could
have backed up into the valve cover that way too but usually there was a
one way valve in the vent tube that would prevent that providing it
wasn't stuck open from lack of maintenance.
Cheap check. Does it run okay with the gas cap removed?
As the gas is consumed, more is required. If the gas cap does not have an
adequent vent, the resulting vacuum prevents additional gas from being
Or it could be a malevolent foreign god.
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