How to Fix an Engine Starting Issue: Ignition Coil Test

If your small engine doesn't start, either with the electric or pull-start, it may not be getting spark because the ignition coil is grounded out. This video will show the steps to isolate the ignition coil from the wiring harness, ignition switch, electric start panel, and low oil shutoff.

If bypassing the electrical components mentioned above using our technique, there is an issue with one of those components. There is an additional path to ground preventing the ignition coil from generating a spark. Watch the video for our recommended steps to resolve the issue.

Applies to many lawn and garden engines based on the Honda GX series and most "clones," including Loncin, Lifan, Rato, Raven, and Harbor Freight Predator.