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pull cord takes looong time to rewind


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05-12-04, 09:26 AM   #1  
pull cord takes looong time to rewind

I have a Land Mark "Easy Pull Starting" mower, sold by Home Hardware in Canada. It has a Briggs & Stratton engine, Sprint 3.75 hp, model number 114-072A503. If the mower hasn't been run for a few days, when I attempt to pull start it, the cord comes out no problem -- but it won't rewind. It will eventually -- it just takes about half an hour to do so! Once it has finally re-wound, I can pull it again just once, and the mower will start right away, and the cord will rewind just fine. Does this sound like an easily serviced issue?

 
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05-12-04, 09:55 AM   #2  
It sounds like you have greese and or debre in the recoil housing. In order to find out, remove the top half of your engine, which should be the shroud/recoil housing. And look inside there and see if you find any debre or greese buildup. If you do see greese buildup, use gas or carb cleaner spray to clean it out. Remove any debree that is in there. You will also get other answers today. Let us know how it goes.

 
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05-12-04, 03:11 PM   #3  
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Hello Kelly T:

I'll have to concur with Terminator on this one.

It really does sound like debris (old grass clippings, etc) grease and sludge or something like that.

The good part of you is that it is an easy fix even for the most inexperienced weekend mechanic.

As you look at the recoil unit (housing for the pull cord and related spring) you should see four bolts or machine screws. Remove them and the recoil assembly will come off as a unit, thus allowing easy inspection and cleaning.

While you have it off do look at the cord to make sure it's not frayed anywhere. After cleaning spray with a bit of silicone but don't drown it--a little bit goes a long way.

Ohhh..Briggs engine have a terriffic recoil unit design, so it should be OK.
Had you indicated the engine was a Tecumseh I might have recommended going out and buying a new recoil unti as they are notorious for failure.

Good Luck and Happy Mowing

 
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05-13-04, 12:23 AM   #4  
Hello Kelly T!

If you don't see trash buildup in the starter recoil, check out the cranking ratchet. It is the square peg on to p of the engine. There should be a tiny hole right in the top of it. Squirt some oil or penetrating spray into that hole and spin the ratchet to get it lubed up.


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05-13-04, 04:02 AM   #5  
Thanks all for your replies and suggestions! I'll be taking a look at it this weekend, and will let you know how I fare. Having never taken this apart before, are there any big safety issues or hazards at all?

 
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05-14-04, 01:23 AM   #6  
Not really, as long as you don't remove the rope pulley. ( the spring can fly out and cut you).


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