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Webster mag trouble

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Old 03-31-2005, 09:27:40 PM
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Default Webster mag trouble

I have a webster mag on my 2 1/2 H.P. Stover W and it wont spark after sitting over winter. Last fall when I ran it last it worked perfectly, but when I tried to start it the other day, it was completely dead. What do you think is the problem, dead magnet? I dont have much experience with the webster's. Thanks
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Default Re: Webster mag trouble

Make sure the movable point shaft on the ignitor is moving freely. I have a few engines that after setting awhile the movable point shaft will become a little stiff and the points dont come back together after the mag trips.
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Default Re: Webster mag trouble

Take the mag bracket out of the engine and make sure the points are absoultly clean. They can corrode from humidity over a period of time. Make sure everything moves freely.Also the magnets could have lost some of there charge and need to be recharged. Usually if everything is right on the mag,the magnets should not loose charge that easily.
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Default Re: Webster mag trouble

Take the lead off the igniter and hook it on the end of some fine spun steel wool. Ground the other end of the wool..clean mag ground is best. Trip it and see if the FINE wool burns....or hook it up to a small 6 volt light bulb and trip it.

Is the lever with the woodruff key on the movable ignitor contact, nice and tight?

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