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Rope Pull Starter Problem

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05-02-03, 02:55 PM   #1  
Craftsman - pull cord/ starter rope

My pull cord/starer rope has unraveled and broke. I have tried to repair it with a new starter rope but I am not having any luck. Where do I thread the rope, on the top of the casing? I am frustrated.

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05-03-03, 12:10 AM   #2  
Hello Kwade!

You will need to remove the starter, wind up the spool, and thread the rope into it and tie it off while holding the spool in the wound position. Then tie the handle on the other end and let it wind back up and reassemble.

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05-03-03, 03:44 AM   #3  
Hello Kwade. Welcome to our Do-It-Yourself Web Site and our Small Engine forum.

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.

Generic small engine service manuals contain instructions on how to remove rope pull starter assemblies and reassemble them. Would be a good idea to obtain a manual. Know what the basic procedures are to perform this task before attempting it may be worth while.

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.

Read the product manufacturers online web site for product information, problem solving methods, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures and instructions, pictorials and schematics, which may be available online.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail lawn mower and or small engine repair shops. Dealers and repair shops are listed in the phone book.

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