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I have a 2cyl Mantis that has a problem. The pull cord pulls very hard. When I take out the plug the engine turns over ok. Was ok at the end of the last season, I drained it and put oil in cyllinder. What now?

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Pull it a few times to get the oil out off the cylinder 2cycles dont run on heavy oil well put fresh plug
in with gas and oil and try again you did use oil and gas mix last year right

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