I have run into a unique problem lately with the newer 2 cycle engines being hard to start. I have 3 different items varying from a 4 year old Ryobi Click Link trimmer, to a 1 year old GIO generator to a new Poulan Pro string trimmer. All of them required 20 or more pulls to start if they had set a day or two, or if you cleaned the spark plug or changed it they woudl start right up. If you poured about a tablespoon of gas in the carb. they would also start right up. Otherwise you had better be prepared for a lot of cranking. After thinking the problem over for quite a while i remembered having a similar problem on one of my cubs, which when I eventually figured it out turned out to be a weak magneto coil. Since the coils on these things were a pain to get to, and probably half the cost of the macines, if you can even get them, I decided to try closing the gap on the spark plugs to about half what the manuals called for. The results are that the Ryobi and the GIO both start on the 2nd or 3rd pull, and the Poulan takes 4 or 5, but I can live with that. The plugs may foul out sooner, but considering the light use of these rigs, and the fact I use the synthetic oil in the mix I am not to worried about them fouling, plus I always keep spare plugs on hand.
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