Replacing a pull-starter cord


Old 03-28-03, 07:51 PM
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Question Replacing a pull-starter cord

I have an MTD gas mower and am trying to replace the pull-starter cord. When I "wind up" the cord (either mounted to the engine or off), it doesn't build up any tension so the first time I pull on it there is very little retracted back. Can anyone give me the right tip here?

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Old 03-29-03, 07:09 AM
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Hello: Mark

I do not suggest removing the rope pulley starter assembly from the housing cover, if possible. The coiled spring may become unsprung. Coiled springs can be dangerous if not secured properly and may be difficult to reassemble once uncoiled.

Coiled springs, used in the starter housing assembly to retract the rope, can become dangerous to work with. Depending on the specific type of starter housing assembly used and coiled spring assembly installed, there are several methods used to replace the spring and or install the pull starter rope.

To obtain spring tensioning on the rope, the pulley must first be wound in reverse of the direction the rope pulls it in. Then install the rope and hold onto the the ropes starter grip end. Allow the pulley to take in the rope.

Instead of attempting to repair or replace the coiled spring in the starter housing or the pull cord, I suggest you remove the starter housing cover and take it to your local lawn mower/small engine repair shop and have the coiled spring, rope, etc. reinstalled. The customary costs for this type of minor repair is small.

Having this service done professionally saves time and avoids the potential dangers of working with coiled springs that often require specialized tools for removing and replacing uncaged springs, rewinding the pull rope etc.

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Old 03-29-03, 08:48 AM
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Hello Tom,

Thanks for the prompt reply. I will take it to a shop (tail between legs, admitting defeat!).

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No Tail between the legs. Smart move. Your time is worth $$$.
Sometimes ya gotta pay if ya want to play.
Old 03-30-03, 05:12 AM
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Hello again Mark

Paul is very correct. This is NOT tail tail between the legs defeat issue or matter. It is a smart move on your part and to almost all do it yourselfers.

Whether it is working on a small engine or just about any build, remodel or repair job or task. Safety is always in season and must be considered when attempting to do any project or task.

If anyone has seen the damage and or injury a coiled spring freely let become unsprung can do, they surely would know why it is adviseable to have a professional perform the task.

Safety is no accident in the home or shop. If anyone does not fully understand how to perform a task, it is always advisable to have a professional do that task or that part of any task or project they are not familarized with.

That is being smart and working safely....

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