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This lawnmower is giving me all kinds of trouble. I replaced the head gasket because it wouldn't start, smoked horribly, and leaked oil from the head. After installing the new head it starts on the second pull, but that first pull is EXTREMELY hard. The starter rope actually jerks back some of the attempts to start. I checked and the flywheel (woodruff) key was shifted. Now, even with the new key and head gasket, its still very hard to pull that rope the very first time. Also, when I remove the spark plug, it does not have this problem....pulls fine! What do I have wrong or what else do I need to repair?

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