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starter key does nothing?

I got this for free this summer. the owner said it wouldn't start. I've never worked on one before but I've heard it's usually the carburetor. I've drained all the old fuel, cleaned out the carburetor, and tested the spark plug. All should be fine.

But I've noticed the key that's supposed to allow it to turn on isn't connected to anything.




Does anyone know what I'm supposed to connect this key to? More importantly, where that location is on the snowblower.
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It usually has wires going to it that completes a connection to a terminal that grounds the unit, usually under the carburetor, by the engine recoil cowl.
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Welcome to SBF Minjask6572 .The key switch is ONLY used to stop the motor. Since you have spark, the motor should run if you have fuel, compression and spark at the correct time. If your motor has a throttle lever, moving it to stop will kill the motor and the key switch is not needed.

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thanks for the advice. If the key is only needed to stop the motor, then I guess my problem is something else. I've eliminated everything leading up to the carburetor so that's probably still the problem. Hopefully it's something easy and I won't need a new carb.
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Have you tried removing the spark plug and adding a little gas into the cylinder before starting? If it starts this way, you know the carb or fuel delivery is at least part of your problem. Try a new spark plug also.

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