Re: I feel dumb...
Where do I start, but here's one; I hauled home my first Pro-12. It was a pull start, 12hp Kohler. It wasn't running, so I got a good deal.
So I get it home, add some gas (it was dry) and proceeded to pull. And pull and pull and pull. Nothing. OK, so I go and get my spark tester, I hook it up and give it a pull, nice bright spark. Yeppie! So I pull it. And pull and pull and pull. Nothing. Except my arm now feels like it's about to fall off. By now, I'm exhausted. Who ever came up with idea of a pull start 12hp needs to be.., well I just need to keep trying. I check the carb, clean everything out and flush it. The pump works, I can smell gas at the exhaust, so I think I'll give it another try.
So I pull. And I pull, and I pull. I'm drenched in sweat, my arm is numb and I'm not sure I can lift it. I need a break.
The tractor is pretty oil covered, so I figure I'll clean it off. Some times these tractors need some TLC before they give you a break and start. So I wash is it off and it looks great! It's surely going to be happy now! I let it dry off and go out to fire it up! Set the choke, turn on the key and give it a mighty pull! THEN ANOTHER! Then Another! then another. then another...... @&%#!&!! I figure I need to go over things again. I can't find the spark tester, so I pull the plug and give it a pull. No spark! Great! Now I've lost spark! At this point I'm mad and bummed. Not to mention near a coronary. I walk away.
So the next day, I find the spark tester, go out and give it a pull. Nice spark! Yeppie! (again). So I pull, pull, pull, pull, pull and pull again! Nada! Now I'm dancing around this piece of junk and threatening to part it out, screaming and cussing like a sailor and it dawns on me!
Maybe the plug is bad?
No way, I tell myself, it couldn't be that simple! I pull out the plug, give it a pull and nothing! OOPs!
So now I'm feeling pretty stupid, walk over the shop and find a new plug, lay it on the engine, give it a pull and get a nice spark.
I install it, give it a pull. nothing. Then another, and another, and another until my arm is tired. I kind of felt OK knowing it was still not working and more than a spark plug. I pick up my tools and take them back to the shop. As I pass the tractor on my way back to the house, I just can't resist giving it one more pull.
..... and it starts up runs like it was just shut off 5 minutes ago.