Re: ped stopped running and starts sporratically

Jason McMullan /
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I had this happen to me.

On my Honda PA50, I had an engine fouled with lots of crappy

oil, so bad that my spark plug wouldn't spark unless it was revving

really high.

My solution - I liberally sprayed carb cleaner into the spark plug

hole, put clean gas (40:1 mix) in the tank, and used a new spark plug.

I put the old spark plug in some carb cleaner (didn't look too bad).

I turned off the petcock, started and ran the engine at a low

speed for a minute or so to (a) flush out the carb cleaner and the

crap it pulled out of the engine and (b) empty the carb.

I then turned back on the petcock, and started her back up.

I adjusted the idle to my liking, and then turned her off.

I let it run at idle for about 5 minutes, then cut the engine.

Once I was satisfied that it was idling correctly with the the 'fresh'

spark plug, I switched back in the old spark plug.

A couple of quick revs to clean off the old plug, and it was good as new.

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