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06-15-04, 06:33 PM   #1  
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help mower's pull rope will not rewind

i was doing the lawn and the mower stoped and when i tryed agian the rope will not move. later i checked the bottom and the blade was stuck so after i cleaned it out i tryed agian. But this time the rope worked but will not rewind back in place. how can i check if the spring is broke or not? can i fix this myself? Help me plz

 
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06-16-04, 12:54 AM   #2  
We can help, but we need to know something about the mower. What engine brand, hp, and model# is it?


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06-19-04, 01:52 PM   #3  
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It is a Brigg and Stratton Classic Lower's 20 3.5 HP and model # is 951301
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06-19-04, 09:36 PM   #4  
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Hi Chu,
Most are similar as far as the basics go, here is a reply from a previous thread maybe this can at least give you an idea of whats in store or more...

With the cover housing the recoil assy off lay it upside down on a work surface. Remove the rope. You should be able to turn the rope spool (looking at it from the bottom turn it clockwise) slowly 1 to 2 turns, resistance should increase and when you release the spool it should spin back to where you started. If turned the wrong way and the coil spring is intact, you should hear a clickin STOP if this is the case and turn it the other way. If with the rope removed you can turn the spool and resistance builds and the spool returns when released, then read on. BECARELFUL NOT TO LET THE SPOOL RECOIL FREELY. THE INERTIA RELEASED CAN CAUSE THE COIL HOUSING TO DISASEMBLE AND LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG POSSIBLY CAUSING INJURY!
Find something you can use to hold the spool in place when spun up, sometimes a screwdriver stuck down through the vanes of the unit will work, a small C Clamp or vise grips. Be gentle tho as parts are plastic and can be damaged. Now spin the spool in the direction that builds resistance slowly, eventually you should feel the spring tighten to the point you can no longer spin the spool (again dont over do it here STOP at this point) Align the hole in the spool with the one in the shroud, secure the spool from turning, thread your rope. Once the rope is in and knoted, hold the rope taut and remove what ever you had securing the spool while holding the rope to prevent the spool from spinning. Now slowly allow the spool to take up the rope, depending on the age and shape of your machine and length of rope, it is possible for the rope to recoil completely back on the spool if you have removed the handle on the rope. If your rope is of proper size and length, it should now recoil until the rope is just about to enter the shroud when the spring becomes relaxed and allow slight tension on the rope when looped under the eyebolt on your handle.
If by spinning the spool in either direction fails to build resistance(usually if this is the case you will hear a clicking) or fails to return (no clicking) then the repair while not undoable, is a bit more challenging, tedious and possibly frustrating. One of 2 things has happened. The tang (s) of the coil have come loose or the coil itself is possibly rusted.
For now lets hope neither is the case.

 
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06-19-04, 11:23 PM   #5  
Hello Chu77!

Remove the top engine shroud. If the rope rewinds immediately when you remove the shroud, then you need to take the starter ratchet off the top of the engine and clean it up and clean the post on top of the crankshaft and oil it. If it does not rewind, then you'll probably need to replace the spring. This (replacing the spring) can be somewhat tricky and can cause injury if you aren't careful. If you'd like to try, we can tell you how. Otherwise, I'd suggest taking the assembly to a shop and have them replace it for you.


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06-20-04, 10:16 AM   #6  
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thx for the tips
here is an update
i now removed the top to look at the spring and saw that it is bend and broken. so now i think i am going to replace it or use the other end because i can't find a store that sell this. i checked candian tire, rona, home depo( i live in canada) what stores sell them? (the spring)

p.s when i remove the spring it went up but i dodged it, so lucky!!

 
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06-21-04, 12:19 AM   #7  
You probably won't find that spring anywhere except a small engine repair shop.


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