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K161 and the mysterious red button

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I havent got this motor to run yet. the carb bowl was stuck on and every thing looked like it was slathered in tar and muck. now i would like to inspect the ignition system. now there is a wire for the spark plug a wire to the key, and a wire going to this box and mysterious button. can someone provide some awnsers?post-13504-0-29261400-1425434914_thumb.j

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I would thin this box is covering the points. As for the button, maybe another shutoff ?

 

Cleat

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That mysterios box and button looks like your points cover for the ignition and the button is a kill switch that grounds out the ignition and shuts the motor off. If you haven't run motor in a long time or ever, will be worth fine sanding the points and possibly adjustment as well.

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HorseHead,

 

Do you have an owner's manual and/or service manual for that engine?  There's a world of information in those documents that will help you immensely.

 

Take a look in the Manuals section here on RedSquare, there's probably manuals there.  If not, get back to us, somebody should have a copy.  I have a K161 on my old TroyBilt tiller, the manuals for that machine are just incredible, I could scan a few pages if you need them.

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That is the self destruct button.  When pressed it will give you a zap like you have never felt before, which make its owner locate the biggest sledge hammer, busting it into tiny peices. 

 

Kidding aside, tecumseh's can light you up!

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That is the self destruct button.  When pressed it will give you a zap like you have never felt before, which make its owner locate the biggest sledge hammer, busting it into tiny peices. 

 

Kidding aside, tecumseh's can light you up!

I was not a wear you could feel 12 volts as there is no coil voltage at the points only battery

 

Brian

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It was a failed attempt at humor.  :snooty:

 

Tecumseh engines at times would have a fold down bar that you would press against the spark plug lead to shut off.  I got lit several times.  I would say it was during the early 70's.

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Back in the 40s and 50s most all small engines were killed by pressing a flexible metal tab against the spark plug and if you were sweaty you could feel it....

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Tecky's don't need kill buttons!  :)  :)

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