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Rope Pull Starter Problem

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11-24-02, 08:55 AM   #1  

I love working in my yard and I mow quite often. This year several parts wore out on my mower: replaced the drive wheels, primer bulb, and skirt. I really need a new grass catcher, but the price! Ouch. Question: When I pull my starter rope, it has only a short spot where it catches and if I pull out a little too far is not winding back in without a little help. Looking at the owner's manual I am not sure what exactly is the proper way to go about the repair. It may be a silly question, but does one replace the entire recoil starter, or the pully and rewind spring assembly?

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11-24-02, 10:29 AM   #2  
Hello: offcenter

Quickest, easiest and safest method to resolve the problem is to remove the entire starter housing from the engine. Take the housing and starter assembly to the nearest small engine repair shop or lawn mower repair shop for the needed repairs.

Read the existing questions in this forum on the subject of rope pull starters for additional information. Doing so will provide repair methods and procedures.

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11-25-02, 12:19 AM   #3  
Hello offcenter!

I agree with Tom...that would be easiest. If you intend to repair this yourself, we need to know the manufacturer of the engine and model# in order to determine which style starter mechanism you have.

BE CAREFUL when removing the rope spool and rewind spring. Wear safety glasses, or better yet...a face shield...and bullet-proof vest, lol. These springs can come out violently and cut you up if you aren't careful.

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