Will it hurt to leave the magneto kill switch pulled out?

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Will it hurt to leave the magneto kill switch pulled out?

Postby Paul Van Benschoten » Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:52 pm

I'm asking for a friend :) Seriously, I went to look at a friends cub today. He mentioned that the battery would not hold a charge.

I noticed that the ignition kill switch was pulled out (in the run position) and he said he leaves it that way. On a battery ignition that will drain the battery and hurt the coil, but will it do anything to the magneto? I don't think it will harm anything unless there is an external coil which I failed to check for.

The cub started easily and ran well with a freshly charge battery. I plan to help him with a tune up and charging system check in the near future.
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Re: Will it hurt to leave the magneto kill switch pulled out?

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:07 pm

Won't hurt a thing. Some people that like to cut the fuel off and let the engine run to empty the carburetor routinely do exactly that. Shut the fuel valve and walk away. It takes care of itself.


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