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Old 08-01-2019, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Echo Weed Wacker Crapped Out

was running great. All of a sudden just died. New plug/ air filter / fuel filter / fuel line/ carb this spring. Unit is 20 years old and this is the first time it let me down. Truly puzzling. Ideas?

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Just quit? No odd noises, puffs of smoke, or warning? Does it feel normal when you pull the starter rope? If so, does it have spark?

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Just quit? No odd noises, puffs of smoke, or warning? Does it feel normal when you pull the starter rope? If so, does it have spark?
Spark? I dunno. That's where I wanted to go next, thinking magneto. I have brand new NGK plug and they are extremely reliable. But how do you check for spark on such a short spark plug wire? thanks for answering up

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Same as always, pull the plug and ground it to the head. Use a wire to do that if the shrouds interfere.

I'm guessing the coil gave out. Also check for shorts in the kill wire.

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Just quit? No odd noises, puffs of smoke, or warning? Does it feel normal when you pull the starter rope? If so, does it have spark?
Correct. No warning shots. Starter cord = normal tension, and turning of engine.

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Same as always, pull the plug and ground it to the head. Use a wire to do that if the shrouds interfere.

I'm guessing the coil gave out. Also check for shorts in the kill wire.
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Just before I got out of the Army in 1971 I signed up for a seminar with a Ford training rep who taught us several tricks and tips. One of the things he showed us how to make was a spark tester from a probe-type test light....it required only swapping out the light bulb for a neon bulb that was the same size. Of course I lost the thing within a few years, but it sure would have come in handy for checking spark many times over the years. Sure wish I knew what that bulb number was!
There are many types of spark testers, ranging from grounding the plug to the head as Kubota Ronin suggests, to fancy inline testers with adjustable gaps. For your purpose, his suggestion should work just fine. If you can't reach bare metal with the body of the plug, do as he suggests and use a piece of electrical wire with the ends stripped to connect the plug body to a good ground.

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If you have spark and compression. You might have a bad/loose crankshaft seal.


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Any update? Did you replace ignition coil module/magneto?

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Any update? Did you replace ignition coil module/magneto?
Doug: UPDATE: I ordered a new coil / magneto from SLE Equipment co in Tennessee. They do not stock the part, they have to order it from Echo. So SLE did their job, and ordered the part. Six days later, Echo got back to SLE and informed SLE that the part was back ordered at Echo, but it will be in this week. SLE is supposed to get the part this week, and have it in my hands sometime next week. All told, all parties involved are projecting it will take two weeks to get the part in my hands. Personally, I think that stinks that Echo didn't inform SLE that the part was on backorder. Old OPE, I don't have much choice if I want to keep the old wacker. The old wacker is lighter and has a larger engine than the newer model(s).

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Bummer that it takes them so long to get you the part. And AfterMarketeers have not jumped on the Echo train.

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Re: Echo Weed Wacker Crapped Out

I have an Echo 1501 bought 1988 it quit last year. Couldn't get it to do anything. Then on the first put it would have a weak spark, then nothing. Took all the covers off tried a good coil off a differnt Echo still nothing. It was a dirty nasty oiley mess. I washed it down with carbourtor cleaner put it back together with the origonal coil and it runs better then it had in year. All that oil and dirt was grounding out the spark.

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