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I have an old ariens snowblower with a tecumseh engine that has points and condenser. I have no spark so I checked the points. They look good. I am replacing the condenser to see if that is the problem. Does anyone know how to remove the magneto? It is under the flywheel. Does it just pull off? Thanks for your help!
 

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Yes, on those 8HP, it is under the flywheel. Curious, how could you check the points if you did not pull the flywheel? spray some weasel piss (penatrating oil) on the shaft, and use either a screw or slap pulley, usually pops right off.

You may notice that the magnets came off the flywheel .... super glue or epoxy will re-attach them.
 

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The magneto is under the flywheel, not sure if it is Honda or Techumseh that had some sort of cover over the magneto, but I believe on all of them it is under the flywheel and held in place with standard machine screws.
You would need to remove the flywheel to view the points, unless you have an interesting engine.
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I would replace the points with a electronic ignition module.
 

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Yes, on those 8HP, it is under the flywheel. Curious, how could you check the points if you did not pull the flywheel? spray some weasel piss (penatrating oil) on the shaft, and use either a screw or slap pulley, usually pops right off.

You may notice that the magnets came off the flywheel .... super glue or epoxy will re-attach them.
I had the flywheel off. The points look good and I will try a new condenser when it comes in. What I want to know is how the magneto comes off? Does it just slide of the metal piece in the middle of the magneto?
 

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The coil w/ plug wire part of the magneto you are referring to comes off by removing a couple of screws. They are the same screws that allow you to rotate the plate to set point timing.

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@JLaw,

Unfortunately, that system does not have an electronic ignition setup .... would be nice, as I would have converted mine. Let me know if you ever come across one for those 8HP Tech.
 

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The coil w/ plug wire part of the magneto you are referring to comes off by removing a couple of screws. They are the same screws that allow you to rotate the plate to set point timing.

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I should probably mark the position of that plate before I remove the screws so I do not screw up the timing.
 

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You will need to set the timing on the Tecumseh engine if you monkey with the points you can't just remove and reinstall the points. That is the good part of the old snow king engine making it easy to start in the winter. Also the bad part in that the engine might kick back and jerk the rope out of your hand and maybe pull you across the room.
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Yeah, unless you have to, I personally would not mess with the timing.

A bummer to go through the process of re-setting it properly.
 
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