Starter Rope Snapped


Old 02-25-08, 06:59 PM
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Starter Rope Snapped

I have a Sears Bushwacker/Trimmer and recently the starter rope broke for the second time in 2 years. The first time it was under warranty. I have opened the thing up and got to a point I am stuck. I can't seem to figure out how to remove what I believe is called the drum. I have attached a picture of what I am looking at. The drum has a part the protrudes out. In order to get to the spool of rope I need to remove this part. Does anyone have any experience on how to remove this part. Thanks.

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Old 02-25-08, 07:04 PM
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Straight down inside the drum looking down through the square drive is a retaining screw, probably a torx head screw. You will need to remove this screw and then the drum will come right off. Under the drum there may be a clutch treaded onto the engines crankshaft that you will have to remove. It should be marked for the direction to unscrew and should be left hand threads.
Old 02-25-08, 10:43 PM
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I appreciate the help. One further question. I noticed that the drum spins independently and when I tried to turn the screw inside the drum it turns the shaft. Do I have to insert a screwdriver by the flywheel to prevent the shaft from spinning. Also, do you imagine I will turn the screw as normal counterclockwise to losen it?
Old 02-26-08, 12:05 AM
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I think I jammed the clutch with a screwdriver--I do not remember which way screw turns.
Take it easy & you will find out.
Good luck
I like my 32cc unit but it does get a little heavy w/ grass edger installed.
Old 02-26-08, 04:51 AM
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One trick commonly used is to remove spark plug, bottom out the piston, stuff some clean rope into the cylinder, this will hold the crank steady as you remove the screw holding clutch drum on, It usually takes a Torx 20 screwdriver, to remove should be CCW. It will take some force.
Also, take careful note of spacer and washers. when you re-assemble, make sure screw is good and tight, this holds flywheel down.

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