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Honda 5.5hp GX series has no spark

Post in 'The Gear' started by NoPaint, Jan 4, 2010.

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  1. NoPaint

    NoPaint Member

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    I have a Honda 5.5hp GX series engine (red fan shroud with white tank). The engine has no spark. I cleaned off the flywheel and still no spark. I am willing to throw some parts at it to fix it. Should I just replace the coil or condenser/both?

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Check the ground on the coil, I have found a loose coil bolt/screw to cause no spark.
    Check coil with a ohm meter, should have a few ohms, almost a short thru the coil.
    Rare to have a coil go bad but possible. Cracked & got wet, look burned?
    Check the plug wire,
    Good spark plug? cracks, gap to big etc.
    Does it have an On/Off switch? make sure it's working & not shorted to ground when in the "ON"/ "run" position.
    If your sure it's bad, remove the plug, switch to the "run" position, put a screw driver in the plug wire cap, hold to the metal part of the screw driver in your hand, with your knee touching the engine, & give it a hard pull.
    Still able to speak something other than cuss words, something is definitely wrong. ;)
    Typically not very expensive to get repaired, small engine repair shop near you, probably have parts
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    And check your oil to see if it is low too or you will be asking us about low compresson next....LOL
  4. NoPaint

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    Haha yeah i grounded out the hose pressure switch on the pressure washer pump. I think the switch is fine simply because its so basic. I didn't know the oil switches go bad. I will ground that and see how it goes.
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