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Old 18 December 2011, 17:11   #11
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take the plug out and spray some wd40 in and slowly turn it over by hand.
this will loosen the ring up and give them a little oil preventing a possible siez up..

do it to mine at the start of each season. 20 years on still going strong.
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Old 19 December 2011, 11:47   #12
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How easy do you think it will be to modify the stop circuit to fit a kill switch?

Thanks.
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Old 19 December 2011, 12:04   #13
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Make sure you check/change the powerhead oil before trying to start it.
As advised by jezza2011 above, a drop of lube in the cylinder(s) won't go amiss.
Turn it over slowly with the plugs out, then again with the plugs in, to make sure the valves aren't stuck open.
When priming fresh fuel through, check the carb for leaks, as gaskets and seals dry out and shrink if they haven't seen fuel for a few years.
If/when it starts, let it run at idle for a while to warm up before opening the throttle to any degree.
If all ok, do the full service, as advised by willk/Nos.

Fitting a killswitch should be a doddle.
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Old 19 December 2011, 12:31   #14
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Before starting it might be an idea to squirt some lube into the cylinders (via plug holes) and leave overnight.
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