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Not a simplicity or allis but a lawn mower question. My neighbor has a murray with a 17 hp tem. and on a cold start it gets to top of compression stroke and stops if you get it past that it will start. Once it starts it runs fine for a murray lol. Any places I could look this is pretty much a good neighbor job, as in little to no pay. Side note this year I have had 3 including this one where engine mounting bolts were loose which helps with cures other problems. Thank Andy.

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A partially sheared flywheel key will advance the timing and cause the same thing. Also, many times people buy a battery that is too small for the engine. There are more than one capacity battery that is garden tractor size. The CCA specs must match the requirement or the battery will not spin the engine past compression, even when fully charged. I have experienced all the problems mentioned so far.

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